Improving Administrative Procedures and Processes for Danube inland waterway transport

DANTE aimed 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 have been developed with regard to the identified barriers.

The solutions have been discussed with the responsible authorities at national and transnational working tables. This matrix approach  delivered 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) was a key element for successful project implementation.

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

  • 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. The 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.

The consortium consisted of 16 co-funded organisations and 12 associated strategic partners (public authorities, consulting companies, universities and NGOs) from 10 European countries. The Project was 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 was Pro Danube International in Vienna, Austria.

Project duration: 01-2017 – 06-2019

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

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