With the implementation of the EU Danube Strategy the second macro regional strategy of the EU started. The Danube region comprises about 115 Million inhabitants in 14 countries. Most of them are already EU member states, but there are also prospect members and nonmember states part of the strategy. Therefore the region is one of the most diversified and faces as well challenges as opportunities. The aim of this thesis is to show the differences and similarities of an EU-member State and a nonmember State with regards to expectations and involvement in the strategy as well as the possibilities to finance actions and projects. After a thorough investigation of the theoretical basics, the author uses expert interviews to research the objectives of this thesis. The main findings show, that the countries differ from one another especially regarding their financing possibilities. Austria as an EU member state, for example, has much more possibilities of obtaining EU funds, shows a higher GDP and has more possibilities of national financing than Serbia. Furthermore, this thesis shows that the countries have different interests how they want to enforce using the EU Danube strategy. Regarding the involvement in the strategy, for instance, the analysis did not show any differences between the countries. Serbia is as engaged in the implementation as Austria and highly interested in the active participation.