Shipping companies that transport goods or passengers transnationally are continuously faced with country-specific administrative barriers that result in additional costs and waiting times.

viadonau supports the working group “Administrative Processes” of the EU Strategyfor the Danube Region in implementing the elaborated recommendations on the improvement of border controls in the Danube region. Thereby, the Austrian shipping sector will be supported in carrying out international transports on the Danube.

The following objectives are being pursued:

  • Simplification of control procedures and reduction of control times
  • Harmonisation of control procedures and forms
  • Digitalisation: usage of River Information Services (RIS) for the electronic processing of control procedures and for the submission of control forms

Further information on:


  • users of the Danube waterway/shipping companies and private owner operators
  • border control authorities (border police, customs authorities, shipping inspectorate)
  • other authorities relevant for Danube navigation
  • representatives of Priority Area 1a of the Danube Region Strategy: „Inland waterways"
  • representatives of Priority Area 11 of the Danube Region Strategy: „Security“

News and project status

Within Working Goup 6 „Administrative Processes“ of the EU Danube Region Strategy recommendations for improved administrative procedures were elaborated under the leadership of viadonau. The implementation of these recommendations is carried out in cooperation with the competent control authorities (Priority Area 11 „Security“) and the shipping industry.

Current priorities:

  • international harmonisation of control forms
  • establishment of a cross-border control database (nautical controls) to prevent multiple controls 

On16th May 2019 the third edition of the Practical manual on border controls along the Danube and its navigable tributaries was published. It contains information about control procedures at the EU/Schengen borders in the Danube region, competent authorities, contact data and opening hours, etc. 

In the framework of the joint Working Group of Priority Areas 1a and 11 of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region the so-called DAVID standard forms were elaborated in a series of technical meetings between waterway users, waterway administrations (united in PA1a) and border control authorities (united in PA11). These forms represent a simplified and internationally harmonised version of three often used border control forms (Arrival and Departure Report, Crew List, Passenger List) and shall step-wise replace respective, national border control forms in countries at the Schengen external border and outside the Schengen area.
The DAVID forms have already been endorsed by the Steering Groups of PA1a and PA11 in summer 2018. Their application on a national level was recommended by the Transport Ministers of the Danube region in the framework of their meeting on 3rd December 2018 in Brussels (Danube Ministerial Conclusions 2018) and is currently under preparation in close coordination with the competent authorities. 

The DAVID forms are already applicable during border control checks along the Danube in the following countries:

  • Hungary (as of 01. February 2020)
  • Croatia (as of 01. February 2020)
  • Serbia (as of 01. March 2020)
  • Bulgaria (as of 04. August 2020; implemented within Single Window (BULRIS) as of October 2020)
  • Ukraine (as of 27. November 2020)

In a next step, the DAVID forms shall be implemented in Romania and Moldova.

The project provides a substantial contribution to the implementation of measure 
11. Develop transports on the Danube further of the Action Programme for the Danube 2022.