Macro-regional strategies are a promising policy area of the European Union. They aim to bring closer connected areas to strengthen cooperation and contribute to economic, social and territorial cohesion. Today, the EU has four macro-regional strategies: the Baltic Sea (EUSBSR), the Danube (EUSDR), the Adriatic-Ionian (EUSAIR) and the Alpine (EUSALP) Region.

Our conviction is that civil society organisation play a crucial role in the successful implementation of the macro-regional strategies. Even if they operate under different conditions and circumstances in the macro-regions, they also have common goals addressing such issues as the climate change, the energy crisis, social questions or the war in Ukraine. With their intermediary function they have a huge and frequently unused potential to contribute to the promotion of the European project.

The elaboration of a place-based EU macro-regional civil strategy offers a helping hand in this regard leading to the establishment of an institutionalised citizens’ dialogue across macro-regions.

The Stronger.Together programme of European House Budapest aims to prepare a proposal for an EU macro-regional civil strategy by bringing together civil society actors from the four macro-regions. One of the elements of the programme is a series of prepartory events/consultations on the macro-regional civil strategy.

The project is co-funded by the European Union.