Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Dear Sir/ Madam,
I would like to introduce a short booklet about an international association, its members and their main activities. Danube Chambers of Commerce Association (DCCA) was established 30 June 2010 in Budapest, few months earlier then another macro-regional approach taken – the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, IntRoDUCtIon following the steps of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, and its supporting network based on the cooperation of Chambers. The Danube, Europe’s second longest river at around 2 850 km, links the Black Forest to the Black Sea and runs through ten countries, with four more in its basin. The Danube Region is a region of great diversity – geographically, ecologically, culturally and in terms of economic development. Danube Chambers of Commerce Association is an organization to harmonize the activity of the chambers along the Danube region in consideration of the Danube Strategy, attend to the interest of the area’s enterprises. DCCA’s mission is to create a single platform of economic opportunities enhancing the economic – financial cooperation, strengthening the cohesion between the entrepreneurs and enterprises operating in different countries of the macro-region, along horizontal principles. The Association is model of the cross-border macro-regional institutional cooperation, which aim is to revive the region’s economy and competitiveness and at last but not least to increase the welfare of the inhabitants.
The Danube’s tender ripples which compose Past, present, future, hold each other fast. (Attila József: By the Danube, translated by Vernon Phillips Watkins) the Strategy of the Danube Chambers of Commerce Association is based on the following principles:
• Participation in the development of the principles of the Danube Strategy (EUSDR)
• Information circulation, initiatives, integration and cohesion Providing members of the association’s chambers with useful information Building relationships among members Knowledge transfer, education and dissemination of advanced business culture
• Participation in the Danube Strategy’s Danube transnational Program Access to available EU funding for participating chambers enabling cooperation between members
• Promoting and advocacy of interests “For coordination and cooperation, it’s vital to get the right people involved from the start from the right countries, regions and associations. They must drive the process, with some countries taking the lead on certain issues and creating the right cooperation networks.” said the European Commision. We all have a great vision of Danube Region, how it will looks like within 5, 10, 20 or 50 years. This is a historic opportunity to actively take part of brainstorming, planning actions and implement those actions to help by the development of the region and create a prosperous Danube region. The Danube Chambers of Commerce Association is an excellent tool for promoting good neighbourhood relations in Central Europe. Working on shared actions could help to establish closer relations and confidence by contributing to the major improvement of relations between states. The initiatives, ideas, actions of chambers, ministries, professional organisations, reserch institutions, academics and civil society transformed to a well prepared cooperation mechanism will translate into practically implemented answers. To make the EU Strategy for the Danube Region a success, many different institutional actors have come on board to contribute their expertise. Therefore chambers need a strong and operative network which can provide the possibility of economic cohesion and act as an engine of an economy sustainable development for future generations – the Danube Chambers of Commerce Association can be a provider of efficient solutions of common key challenges.
Dr. Zoltán Kiss
President of BCCI