Danube Day 2017 in Ukraine

Planning is underway for Danube Day 2017. Details will be posted here in the spring. Read on for a summary of activities in 2016.

In 2016, a unique day of solidarity and celebration brought together Galabor in Zakarpatska Oblast with its Hungarian neighbour, Tiszakóród. The communities, separated by the Tisza, were united for a joint Danube Day.

For the first time in the towns' histories, residents freely crossed a temporary border-check located mid-stream. Ministerial and local authority representatives met on a barge at the mid-point to discuss bi-lateral cooperation over water resources. A thousand residents enjoyed a music festival, environmental art, games and quizzes.

The 'Tisza Fish of Desire' were a particular highpoint. Painted by children from both countries, the colourful plaster fish were exchanged across the river and made into permanent displays: enduring symbols of cross-border friendship. Other activities saw Kvasovo children win a dingy for their community and Galabor receive recycling containers from Coca-Cola Beverages Ukraine. Read more on Ukraine's Facebook page.

Further information

To see how all the countries celebrated last year, go to Review 2016. You can also revisit 13 years of Ukrainian Danube Day celebrations via the general Review page.

For the latest news, please contact Ukraine's country coordinators:

Olena Marushevska (+380 68 9062 061) or Alexei Iarochevic (+380 67 209 12 08) of the All-Ukrainian Ecological League; pripyat@i.kiev.ua; bluerivers@ukrpost.ua; and view Facebook.

See also the websites of the Tisza River Basin Authority and the EU APENA project.