DANTE Improving Administrative Procedures and Processes for Danube IWT

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 working tables, as well as in transnational ones. 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 facilitates the work of EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority Area 1a and is acknowledged by the European Commission (EC) / Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) as part of their efforts to reduce administrative barriers in the transport sector. DANTE actively involves the Danube Commission (DC) and therefore also functions as platform of the related joint efforts of DC & EC.

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)

DANTE also refers to a wider policy initiative recently launched by Pro Danube called “Green Deal for Danube River Transport” which shall create an improved long-term policy framework for Danube IWT based on stakeholder commitments.

Improving Administrative Procedures and Processes for Danube IWT
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1982786
ERDF Contribution: 1650134,75
IPA Contribution: 35233,35
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Pro Danube International Lead partner rafael@prodanube.eu Austria
iC consulenten ZT GesmbH ERDF partner s.spegar@ic-group.org Austria
Hungarian Shipping Federation (withdrawn) ERDF partner mahosz@mahosz.hu Hungary
Hungarian Federation of Inland Waterway Freight Forwarders ERDF partner a.bencsik@mbfsz.hu Hungary
Romanian River Ship Owners and Port Operators Association ERDF partner aaopfr@yahoo.com Romania
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Project News

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    - 14-06-2019
    The closing event of a transnational success story

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  • DANTE - Public-private consultation on challenges of IWT in Bulgaria
    - 01-04-2019
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    - 27-11-2018
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    - 27-11-2018
    Consortium meetings in Sofia

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    - 16-10-2018
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