Upon invitation of EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and based on the preparatory work of PA1a, the Transport Ministers of the Danube riparian states reconfirmed their commitment to implement the Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its navigable tributaries, as adopted in December 2014, and recommended the application of the harmonised DAVID forms for border controls.
PA1a, in cooperation with the FAIRway Danube project and PA11, delivered the basis for this meeting and the Conclusions by means of the updated National Action Plans and the jointly elaborated DAVID forms.
In their Conclusions, the ministers have once again agreed to step up fairway rehabilitation and maintenance efforts in the years to come 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.
Furthermore, the ministers welcomed the first set of harmonised border control forms (arrival and departure reports, crew lists as well as passenger list) - the results of the joint Working Group of EUSDR PA1a and PA11 - and recommended their further application in the Danube region.
PA1a will continue to work for the implementation of the Danube Fairway Master Plan with the support of the FAIRway Danube project and continue to push for the application of the DAVID forms.
Conclusions on effective waterway infrastructure rehabilitation and maintenance, December 2018, as signed by the Transport Ministers or State Secretaries of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine. (PDF | 381 KB)
Annex: Master Plan Progress Report Summary. (PDF | 474 KB)