The first set of National Action Plans (called Roadmaps by then) has been elaborated in line with the ministerial conclusions of 3rd December 2014 by which the Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan was endorsed.
The National Action Plans are considered as living documents, as is underlined by the current circumstances on the waterways in the Danube Region. 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.
► National Roadmaps, July 2015 (PDF | 5.96 MB)
► National Action Plans, October 2015 (PDF | 4.01 MB)
► National Action Plans, May 2016 (PDF | 5.3 MB)
► National Action Plans, October 2016 (PDF | 4.5 MB)
During the TEN-T days in Rotterdam, the Transport Ministers of the Danube riparian states discussed the process of implementing the Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its navigable tributaries. PA1a, in cooperation with the FAIRway Danube project, delivered the basis for this discussion by means of the updated National Action Plans.
In their Conclusions, the ministers have agreed to step up fairway rehabilitation and maintenance efforts in 2016 and beyond in order to improve fairway conditions according to the relevant target values defined in the Fairway Master Plan. The ministers announced to allocate the necessary national budgets as outlined in the National Action Plans and to make full use of EU co-financing opportunities for the implementation of required measures.
PA1a and the FAIRway Danube project will continue to monitor the implementation of the Danube Fairway Master Plan. Contributions to the annual or biennial follow- up meetings of the Transport Ministers will be prepared.
Conclusions on effective waterway infrastructure rehabilitation and maintenance, June 2016. (PDF | 209 KB)
The Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its navigable tributaries highlights all critical locations and the required short-term measures to ensure proper fairway maintenance. The data contained in the Master Plan had been provided by the national waterway administrations in the course of the year 2014.
The Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan was endorsed by the Danube Ministers of Transport on 3rd December 2014. The Ministers of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina signed the Conclusions on effective waterway infrastructure rehabilitation and maintenance on the Danube and its navigable tributaries. Serbia indicated it will join its signature to the conclusions at a later stage. Hungary did not yet sign the Conclusions but expressed a message of support and left open the perspective of joining the conclusions later.
► Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its navigable tributaries (PDF | 2.93 MB)
► Conclusions on effective waterway infrastructure rehabilitation and maintenance (PDF | 142 KB)
In order to further pursue the realisation of the Luxemburg Declaration, which requests the implementation of effective waterway maintenance in the Danube region, PA1a transmitted an "Appeal of the Steering Group of Priority Area 1A of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) concerning the implementation of the Luxemburg Declaration" to the transport ministers of the Danube region and the European Commission in February 2014. In the appeal, the Steering Group recalls to the partner governments to take the necessary measures for the implementation of the Luxemburg Declaration on a national level. Furthermore, PA1a offers support for the preparation of a first ministerial meeting on the follow-up of the implementation of the Luxemburg Declaration, which should be scheduled in 2014.
In the accompanying side letter addressed to the ministers, the elaboration of a draft Fairway Maintenance Master Plan, as decided during the 5th Meeting of the Steering Group for Priority Area 1a of the EUSDR in Linz, Austria, on 17 - 18 April 2013, is announced.
► Appeal of the Steering Group concerning the implementation of the Luxembourg Declaration (PDF | 102 KB)
The IDV project confirms that, under good waterway conditions, transportation carried out with Danube vessels can reach excellent cost and energy efficiency. Innovative devices and optimised ship designs would further improve this situation.
As far as new constructions are concerned, the IDV project identifies three most promising options leading to energy and cost savings and reduced environmental impact: two new types of Danube pushers as well as an innovative version of a self-propelled vessel. Quick wins can be realised by installing real-time voyage speed optimisation tools on existing Danube vessels.
Additionally, results demonstrated that energy and cost efficiency of Danube vessels is largely dependent on waterway conditions, especially on the available water depth. Proper fairway maintenance on the Danube therefore is an important prerequisite for energy and cost-efficient inland waterway transport operations. This applies to both existing and innovative vessel types.
► Main project results (PDF | 3.18 MB)
► Executive summary (PDF | 713 KB)
In order to underline the importance of creating or completing the legal framework for international RIS data exchange for logistic purposes, an Appeal of the Steering Group of Priority Area 1a of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region concerning the data exchange in River Information Services was adopted by the Danube states at the fifth meeting of the Steering Group on 17-18 April 2013 in Linz (Austria).
The appeal, which is directed towards the Danube states themselves as well as the European Commission, should be understood as a recommendation to speed up the processes for creating or completing the legal framework for international RIS data exchange for logistic purposes.
► Appeal of the Steering Group of PA 1a of the EUSDR concerning RIS data exchange (PDF | 179 KB)
On the 11th of October 2012, the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria signed a Memorandum of Understanding on setting up an Interministerial Committee for sustainable development of inland waterway transport on the Romanian-Bulgarian common sector of the Danube.
Among the tasks of the Interministerial Committee are:
On the joint initiative of EU Commissioners Johannes Hahn (Directorate-General for Regional Policy) and Siim Kallas (Directorate-General for Transport), the transport ministers of the riparian states of the Danube and its navigable tributaries met on 7 June 2012 in Luxembourg and agreed on a declaration which reasserts existing obligations to maintain the fairway to a good standard and undertakes measures to tackle problems like low water or ice.
The declaration was signed by 7 out of 11 riparian states in June 2012 (10 Danube riparian states plus Bosnia and Herzegovina which borders on the Sava river). In addition, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Serbia have endorsed the declaration (Status of January 2013). No approval of the declaration has yet been received from Hungary and Ukraine.
► Declaration on effective waterway infrastructure maintenance on the Danube and its navigable tributaries (PDF | 333 KB)
► Press release by the European Commission's DG REGIO (PDF | 63 KB)
► Endorsement by Bosnia and Herzegovina (June 2012) (PDF | 114 KB)
► Endorsement by Serbia (January 2013) (PDF | 16 KB)