Papers of BAS, Humanities and Social Sciences

Vol. 4, No 1, 2017

LEGAL SCIENCES

CRITICAL REVIEW OF THE SYNERGIES BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION STRATEGY FOR THE DANUBE REGION AND THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL REGIME FOR THE RIVER DANUBE

Irena Ilieva

Absract: The article aims at reviewing the main priorities in the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region with the main focus on the waterway transport, to present some of the achievements in the last seven years and to compare them with the inter­national legal regulations on the river Danube, in particular – the Belgrade Convention regarding the Regime of Navigation on the Danube and the Convention on Cooperation for the Protection and Sustainable Use of the Danube River.

The main conclusion is that the international legal regulation on the river Danube should be further improved by integrating sustainable development issues, environment protection issues, quality assurance of water, and preservation of the rich cultural and historical heritage for the good of the people living in the Danube Region.

Key words: EU Strategy for the Danube Region, connecting the Danube Region, Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), protecting the environment in the Danube Region, prosperity in the Danube Region, Convention regarding the regime of navigation on the Danube, freedom of navigation, Convention on Cooperation for the Protection and Sustainable Use of the Danube River