Together for the Danube
At the end of 2010 the European Commission introduced the European Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) which had been developed by the Directorate General for Regional Policy (DG REGIO) together with the 14 states of the Danube Region. The implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region began in 2011. The eleven thematic priorities are each jointly coordinated by two states of the Danube Region. Austria, together with Romania, holds responsibility for Priority Area 1a - Improving mobility and multimodality on the inland waterways.
BMK (Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology - formerly BMVIT) and the Romanian Ministry of Transport assume the role of Priority Area Coordinators (PACs), while viadonau supports the BMK as Technical Secretariat on the operational level.
During the period from 01 January 2017 until
31 December 2019 the activities of the Technical Secretariat are being co-financed by the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP).
The core of the Danube Region Strategy is an Action Plan that includes fields of action and measures for all Priority Areas. In the area of inland navigation these are:
- improvement of the Danube’s waterway infrastructure and its navigable tributaries
- integrated and coordinated international waterway management
- expansion of ports to multimodal logistics hubs
- promotion of sustainable intermodal and multimodal freight transport
- modernisation of the Danube fleet and improvement of its environmental performance
- implementation of harmonized river information services on the Danube and its navigable tributaries
- education and training of qualified personnel for Danube navigation (Nautical & Logistics)
- development of strategies to promote inland waterway transport
Thematic Working Groups and one Steering Group have been established to promote and support these issues. Representatives of the Ministries of Transport of all fourteen Danube states, the European Commission, the River Commissions and other international organisations are all represented in the Steering Group.
More than 100 projects have yet been identified that contribute to the objectives of the Priority Area mobility and multimodality of the inland waterways.
Official Homepage (EN)
Further information and all project descriptions are available on our official website: Priority Area PA1a - To improve mobility and multimodality: inland waterways
Information about the Danube Region Strategy and the other Priority Areas is available on the following website: EU Strategy for the Danube Region
Budget 2017 - 2019
Total Budget: EUR 352,941.00
ERDF-contribution: EUR 299,999.85 (Funding rate 85%)
National funds: EUR 52,941.15
Danube Ministerial Conclusions signed in Brussels on 3rd December
Upon invitation of EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc the Transport Ministers of the Danube riparian states reconfirmed their commitment to implement the Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its navigable tributaries, as adopted in December 2014, and recommended the application of the harmonised DAVID forms for border controls. PA1a, in cooperation with the FAIRway Danube project, delivered the basis for this discussion by means of the updated National Action Plans.
In their Conclusions, the ministers have once again agreed to step up fairway rehabilitation and maintenance efforts in the years to come in order to improve fairway conditions according to the relevant target values defined in the Fairway Master Plan. The ministers announced to allocate the necessary national budgets as outlined in the National Action Plans and to make full use of EU co-financing opportunities for the implementation of required measures.
Furthermore, the ministers welcomed the first set of harmonised border control forms (arrival and departure reports, crew lists as well as passenger list) - the results of the joint Working Group of EUSDR PA1a and PA11 - and recommended their further application in the Danube region.
PA1a will continue to monitor the implementation of the Danube Fairway Master Plan with the support of the FAIRway Danube project and continue to work for the application of the DAVID forms.
Conclusions on effective waterway infrastructure rehabilitation and maintenance, December 2018, as signed by the Transport Ministers or State Secretaries of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine. (PDF | 381 KB)
Annex: Master Plan Progress Report Summary. (PDF | 474 KB)