The TEN-T Regulation (EU) No. 1315/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport Network provides minimum requirements for inland waterways in the so-called Core Network of the European Union. EU member states are requested to realise the "Good Navigation Status" by 2030. The minimum requirements for the Core Network include targets for the draught (2.50m) and the vertical bridge clearance (5.25m). Nevertheless, the term "Good Navigation Status" is not further specified in the regulation.

The aim of this "Good Navigation Status" study (January 2016 - December 2017), commissioned by DG MOVE, was the specification of this term. viadonau was part of the project consortium which was lead by STC-NESTRA in order to introduce the interests of the Danube region in this process. The current waterway parameters were analysed and consolidated for the Core Network. Member states, waterway administrations, river commissions, ports, waterway users and other stakeholders were involved in the framework of regional and supraregional seminars. Apart from the analysis of possible target parameters a model process was elaborated which should help waterway administrations and member states in achieving the "Good Navigation Status" within the meaning of the regulation. The findings of the study were presented to the European Commission at the beginning of 2018.

The project is already concluded.

The project made a substantial contribution to the implementation of measure
14. Embed Danube navigation in European strategies of the Action Programme for the Danube 2022.