Improving Administrative Procedures and Processes for Danube inland waterway transport

DANTE aims at identifying and eliminating administrative barriers for inland waterway transport (IWT) on the Danube & its navigable tributaries as a joint initiative of the private sector and the national public authorities responsible for these barriers. Good practices and guidelines for effective administration of IWT activities shall be developed with regard to the identified barriers.

The proposed solutions will be discussed with the responsible authorities at national and transnational working tables. This matrix approach shall deliver quick solutions and a wide harmonisation of procedures and processes along the river. The monitoring system for collecting user experiences (supported by an online tool) will be a key element for successful project implementation.

DANTE focuses on five thematic areas where administrative barriers are most evidently reducing efficiency of IWT operations, which are:

  • Border Police, Tax & Customs
  • Navigation / traffic control authorities
  • Port authorities / administrations
  • Waterway and Canal administrations
  • Other relevant authorities imposing barriers (e.g. health control, disaster management, etc)

The work of DANTE shall result in reduced time losses and costs caused by ineffective administrative regulations & processes which generate unnecessary financial burden for Danube businesses. This will be achieved in cooperative meetings with public authorities to develop and implement simplified administrative procedures & processes for IWT operations. DANTE outcomes shall strengthen the competitive position of companies using the Danube and its navigable tributaries in their logistic chain, thus contributing to economic growth and the creation of jobs in the region by increased efficient public administration. These achievements together can lead to a better position of inland waterway transport in the modal split by fostering the channelling of the growing transport demand into IWT as the environmentally-friendly low-carbon mode of transportation.

The consortium consists of 16 co-funded organisations and 12 associated strategic partners (public authorities, consulting companies, universities and NGOs) from 10 European countries. The Project is co-funded by European Union Funds (ERDF, IPA) under the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) and will run for 30 months (January 2017 – June 2019). The project Coordinator is Pro Danube International in Vienna, Austria.

Project duration: 01-2017 – 06-2019

Countries involved: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine

Portrait Robert Gohla
Robert Gohla
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Portrait Julia Sliwinski
Julia Sliwinski
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