On 27/28 October 2011, the kick-off of the five thematic Working Groups and the second session of the Steering Group for Priority Area 1a – To improve mobility and multimodality: inland waterways – of the EU's Danube Region Strategy took place in Bucharest. Hereby, the course was set for the concrete implementation of the Strategy in this Priority Area which is jointly coordinated by Austria (Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology and via donau) and Romania (Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure).
The Working Groups on inland navigation in the Danube region will at least be held twice a year for the future and will focus on the following five thematic clusters: Waterway infrastructure and waterway management, ports and sustainable freight transport, modernisation of the Danube fleet, River Information Services and education and jobs.
Working Groups will be open to all parties interested in a specific thematic cluster. In particular, the involvement of experts from the private sector is desired in order to purposively discuss and analyse those ongoing and planned projects and project ideas which are consistent with the targets of the Danube Region Strategy and which are geared to an integrative development of inland navigation in den Danube region.
Projects for the implementation of the Danube Region Strategy in the field of inland navigation should be reported to the coordinators of Priority Area 1a by means of a project data sheet.