TCC Danubius is an initiative dedicated to adult education registered in March 2014 as a non-profit organisation for the environmental sector with a regional approach in the catchment area of Danube.
The starting point was a pilot project, with the title “Training and Competence Centre (TCC) for the Croatian water sector”, initiated by the association German Water Partnership and the utility company in Karlovac (Croatia). With funds from Germany and Croatia as well as with own contributions and support from private companies in the sector a pilot project with technical trainings for different topics as a life long learning concept has been realised in 2011 and 2012 with very encouraging results. Main goal in this pilot phase was to define the institutional framework for an organisation operating such a training centre and to create feasible financing structures.
In 2013 to 2014 an additional grant programme from German DBU (German Foundation for Environment) helped to introduce neighbourhood system as an additional component for life long learning emphasizing the experience exchange among different utilities. The focus was originally the Croatian water sector and as to several requests from neighbouring countries has been upgraded to the Danube region in general. The final conclusion of institutional assessment and of stakeholder dialogue was then the foundation of a non-profit organisation, an EEIG with regional approach in the Danube catchment area. So members from several interested EU countries whether natural persons, private companies or public institutions may join TCC Danubius and may cooperate through this umbrella organisation in the region without mayor administrative obstacles.