WG 6 - Administrative processes

WG 6 - Administrative processes

Reference actions of EUSDR Action Plan

European Commission's Document SEC(2010) 1489, December 2010:

  "To combat institutional capacity and public service related problems in the Danube region"
  "To improve the trust of citizens and stakeholders in political authorities"
  "To ensure sufficient information flow and exchange at all levels"
  "To facilitate the administrative cooperation of communities living in border regions"


Relevant/ongoing initiatives

- Study on administrative and regulatory barriers in the field of inaland waterway transport (NEA 2008)

- PLATINA Subworkpackage 1.2 - Monitoring administrative barriers
- DARIF in the frame of EUDRS Priority Area 11 - Security

Activities by WG 6 - Administrative processes

Survey among shipping companies / vessel operators at border crossings

Help us to improve administrative procedures!
By filling out the feedback form you can support us to improve border control procedures. The problems you identify and improvements you suggest will help us to enter future discussions with solid arguments and give us a mandate to initiate necessary measures.

The feedback form is available in the following languages: EN | BG | DE | HR | HU | NL | RS | RO
Altogether 177 questionaires have been filled out between November 2014 and May 2015. They were analysed to retreive results and conclusions are described in a report, which will be brought to the attention of the involved control authorities and decision-makers at the EU-level.

Control processes at 19 different border control points along the Danube have been evaluated. The vast majority of feedback forms referred to controls conducted by Romanian authorities, but the most meaningful feedback was received for Mohács, where the number of forms and the language variety was the highest.

The most pressing issue identified in the survey was the need to reduce waiting times as well as the duration of controls. A simplified and harmonized set of forms should be used throughout all the involved authorities and countries. On top of that, there should be a possibility to submit requested information electronically, prior to the control. But also a respectful interaction with the controlled skippers, crew and passengers was demanded.

Full report: Results of the survey on border controls along the Danube and its navigable tributaries
Summary: Summarized results of the survey on border controls along the Danube and its navigable tributaries

Practical manual for border control procedures

The parctical maual aims at comparing procedures and raising awareness at control points for the steps skippers have to undergo. It has the potenential to facilitate the market entry for newcomers and to reduce disadvantages caused by lack of information. 

Information on the control process and steps to be followed by the captain and the ship crew as well as drafts of control forms are contents of the manual. You may also find the exact location, addresses and mean duration of checks at the specific control points in each country as well as contact data and opening hours.

Full report: Manual on border controls along the Danube and its navigable tributaries (11.5 MB)
Executive summary - Practical manual on border controls along the Danube and its navigable tributaries (1.6 MB)

We appreciate your feedback on the manual and welcome any improvements you may suggest (PA1a@viadonau.org).

Recommendations for improved border controls along the Danube and its navigable tributaries

The recommendations jointly developed by Priority Area 1a „inland waterways“ and Priority Area 11 „security“ of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region will set impulses for efficient and transparent border control procedures. On their basis the PA1a Technical Secretariat will initiate next steps in cooperation with responsible control authorities and other relevant decision makers.

The recommendations also address shipping companies and vessel operators who are encouraged to bring in their experiences and use the provided information for a better preparation of controls. The implementation of the included work programme will allow to speed up long-winded procedures based on the simplification, harmonisation and digitalisation of controls.

Full report: Recommendations for improved border controls along the Danube and its navigable tributaries