Danube Alliance sprang to life to strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs in the Danube region with a goal to increase the resilience of the supply chains. The new flagship project of Priority Area 8 of the European Danube Region strategy (EUSDR) will built on the intelligent services and sustainable supply chains based on the experience and knowledge from other Danube projects, namely GoDanuBio and DanuBioValNet.
The Alliance was formed as a response to the still-going Covid pandemic situation, which revealed the economy’s weak points. Global value chains showed to be vulnerable in extreme situations, not being able to function effectively when the suppliers were compromised due to the pandemic lockdowns, geopolitical conflicts, extreme weather, and other events.
The project was presented on the 3rd EU Macro-regional Strategies (MRS) Week, the biggest Brussels-based event dedicated to connect key stakeholders from the Ministries of four MRS (EUSBSR, EUSDR, EUSAIR, EUSALP), representatives of EU institutions, research and academia, various sectors, civil society organisation and citizens. The project is funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of State and the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism.