The European Commission's Communication establishing the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (Document COM(2010) 715, 8 Dec. 2010) features three exemplary targets for EUSDR Pillar 1 (Connecting the Danube Region) which are of relevance for EUSDR Priority Area 1a (To improve mobility and multimodality: Inland waterways).
The Priority Area Coordinators of EUSDR Priority Area 1a amended and expanded these three exemplary targets to five targets for which the wording was adopted by all members of the Steering Group (including the European Commission). The final targets for EUSDR Priority Area 1a are as follows:
- Increase the cargo transport on the river by 20% by 2020 compared to 2010. [target maintained as in EC Communication of Dec. 2010]
- Solve obstacles to navigability, taking into account the specific characteristics of each section of the Danube and its navigable tributaries and establish effective waterway infrastructure management by 2015. [target reformulated from EC Communication of Dec. 2010: "Remove existing navigability bottlenecks on the river so as to accommodate type VIb vessels all year round by 2015"]
- Develop efficient multimodal terminals at river ports along the Danube and its navigable tributaries to connect inland waterways with rail and road transport by 2020. [target reformulated from EC Communication of Dec. 2010: "Development of efficient multimodal terminals at Danube river ports to connect inland waterways with rail and road transport by 2020"]
- Implement harmonised River Information Services (RIS) on the Danube and its navigable tributaries and ensure the international exchange of RIS data preferably by 2015. [new target; not in EC Communication of Dec. 2010]
- Solve the shortage of qualified personnel and harmonize education standards in inland navigation in the Danube region by 2020, taking duly into account the social dimension of the respective measures. [new target; not in EC Communication of Dec. 2010]
In order to achieve these targets, the governance structure for Priority Area 1a of the EUSDR has been established as follows by the Priority Area Coordinators in close cooperation with the European Commission and the National Contact Points of PA 1a: