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Parliamentary committee urges more resolute Danube strategy

Parliament's economic and IT committee pressed for a more resolute European Union Strategy for the Danube Region.

Hungary loses some HUF 100 billion a year because of a lack of boating tourism on the Danube, said committee member Etele Baráth. An independent organization ought to be set up to work out the details of the Danube strategy, he added.

The Danube strategy could create a common identity for the whole region, something Central and Eastern Europe has always lacked, Baráth said.

Committee member Sándor Nagy noted that EU funding to raise the water level or dredge the riverbed of the Danube would not be available until the next EU budget period in 2014-2020.

Hungary wants to see the strategy approved in the first half of 2011, when the country takes the revolving EU presidency, state secretary at the National Development and Economy Ministry Péter Szaló said in January. (MTI – Econews)