Welcome to the website of Priority Area 1A — To improve mobility and multimodality: inland waterwaysof the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. This Priority Area is coordinated by Austria and Romania, with the involvement of a wide network of key players and stakeholders from the 14 countries of the Danube region.
Here you can find out about main activities, projects and actions in the field of inland waterways in the Danube region, latest news and upcoming events on the topic.
The first set of National Action Plans (called Roadmaps by then) has been elaborated in line with the ministerial conclusions of 3rd December 2015 by which the Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan was endorsed.
In regular updates the status of critical locations, hydrological conditions, rehabilitation and maintenance activities and cost of the last year are reported in a harmonized way for the whole Danube. In addition an outlook on planned investments, operational budgets is included. The analysis of financing gaps is crucial to support improvements.
Whereas the first version was based upon the initiative of the Technical Secretariat for PA1a and the Danube Region Strategy, the follow-up versions are produced within the framework of the CEF-financed FAIRway Danube. Updates are planned twice a year, in May and October.
Download the latest version of the National Action Plans:
“Under construction – Build on the Danube Corridor!”
Mark your calendar for the second edition of Danube Business Talks. The business platform will explore this time new market opportunities for inland waterway transport in the construction and recycling sector.
On 27 and 28 June 2016, Linz will be the place to be for those interested in innovative logistics solutions and new business relations between potential customers and the inland waterway transport sector. In the presence of high-ranking officials and with a clear focus on strengthening the Danube Corridor as a logistics axis as well as exploring new promising markets Danube Business Talks will bring together leading experts from the private and the public sector, business players and policy makers in a setting of dialogue and exchange of ideas.
On 29th and 30th of october the 4th annual forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region was held in Ulm (Germany). The workshop of PA1a focused on “Innovative approaches on the Danube and its navigable tributaries.”
Discussions concentrated on the "Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan" and the activities in connection with Administrative Processes.
The momentum created in 2014/2015 in the field of fairway maintenance needs to be maintained. The Masterplan and its Action Plans are “living documents” and shall be continuously updated and elaborated. Key implementation actions of the Masterplan - such as the FAIRway project - have successfully started, but ongoing support and enhanced cooperation between European, national, regional and local authorities and actors will be needed in the further steps of implementation. Additional activities shall be set up to complement FAIRway in the fields that are not yet addressed by this project.
Regarding the activities on Administrative Processes, a work plan has been elaborated with PA 11. Based on further specifying the ways to improve administrative procedures along the Danube, activities to harmonize and simplify as well as digitalise border procedures will be intensified.