NEWADA - Network of Danube Waterway Administrations (project

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NEWADA - Network of Danube Waterway Administrations (project example in EUSDR Action Plan)

Posted by Viktoria Weissenburger, Wednesday, 6th September 2017 @ 11:42 am

Basic  project  data 

Project ID: PA1A005
Project website:


Need  and  added  value  for  the  Danube  Region  Strategy

As the Danube, the world's most international waterway, has ten riparian states and as the development as well as the maintenance of the waterway is the responsibility of national waterway authorities, a coordinated and consistent approach to these tasks is crucial in order to create transnational benefits for all users of this international waterway. The added value of this already concluded project is as follows:

  • National strategy plans for waterway maintenance, hydrology and hydrography are prepared, as basis for pilots, implementation guidelines and further bi- or multilateral projects.
  • A web portal containing relevant fairway-related data is established as a "one-stop shop" and according to European standards.
  • The elaboration of an organisational strategy for each country fosters cooperation between the waterway authorities, development agencies and ministries within each country.
  • The “Board of Directors” containing the directors of each waterway administration was implemented in the run of the project and exists also after the lifetime of the project. Within this board strategic issues are discussed and common approaches agreed on.


The NEWADA project aimed at increasing the efficiency of the Danube as European Transport Corridor VII by intensifying cooperation between waterway administrations which helps to promote inland navigation as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly mode of transport.

Conducted  project  activities

  • Intensify cooperation on hydrological and hydrographical tasks in order to achieve a higher impact. In this field the efficiency of daily work had to be increased through the exchange of know-how among experts as well as through the identification of best practise cases.
  • Improve physical accessibility of the waterway infrastructure. National action plans, feasibility studies, bilateral projects and implementation guidelines for improving waterway maintenance and river engineering have been worked out in cooperation with other Danube countries.
  • Enhance access to ICT (Information and Communication Technology) networks and services in order to overcome shortcomings. Provide up-to-date waterway related data to waterway administrations of neighbouring countries, third parties and users.
  • Integrate responsible stakeholders and foster cooperation. Enhance the communication between waterway administrations, development agencies and Ministries of Transport. Transform waterway administrations into service-oriented organisations in order to meet user demands.

Transboundary  impact

The project covered 8 out of 10 Danube riparian states, i.e. Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine

Project  beneficiaries  /  target  groups

  • Waterway administrations in 8 Danube riparian states responsible for the maintenance and development of the Danube waterway.
  • Infrastructure users (e.g. boatmasters, shippers), national authorities.

status  and  timeframe

Start date: 01.04.2009
End date: 30.04.2012
The project is already concluded.


Total budget: 2,864,546 EUR
EU funds: 2,224,960 EUR (European Regional Development Fund)
                     208,404 EUR (Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance)
funded by South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme (SEE) 2007 - 2013
National funds: 431,182 EUR (state budgets of project partners)

Project  team

Project leader: via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH / Austria
Address: Donau-City-Strasse 1, 1220 Wien / Austria

Project partner(s):

  • SVP – Slovenský Vodohospodársky Podnik, štátny podnik (Slovak Water Management Enterprise) / Slovakia
  • RSOE – Rádiós Segélyhívó és Infokommunikációs Országos Egyesület (National Association of Radio Distress-Signalling and Infocommunications) / Hungary
  • VITUKI – Környezetvédelmi és Vízgazdálkodási Kutató Intézet Nonprofit Kft. (Environmental Protection and Water Management Research Institute) / Hungary
  • VKKI – Vízügyi és Környezetvédelmi Központi Igazgatóság (Central Directorate for Water and Environment) / Hungary
  • AVP – Agencija za vodne putove (Agency for Inland Waterways) / Croatia
  • PLOVPUT – Direkcija za vodne puteve (Directorate for Inland Waterways) / Serbia
  • ACN – Administratia Canalelor Navigabile S.A.(Administration of the Navigate Canals) / Romania
  • AFDJ – Administratia Fluviala a Dunarii de Jos – Galati (River Administration of the Lower Danube – Galati) / Romania
  • IAPPD / EAEMDR – Izpǔlnitelna Agentsiya "Prouchvane i Poddǔrzhane na Reka Dunav" (Executive Agency for Exploration and Maintenance of the Danube River) / Bulgaria
  • DUDG / SHS – Derzhavna Ustanova "Derzhhidrohrafiya" (State Hydrographic Service) / Ukraine
  • ONMA – Odesskaya Natsionalnaya Morskaya Akademiya (Odessa National Maritime Academy) / Ukraine

Project  environment

Project  cross - reference

Follow-up project: NEWADA duo - Network of Danube Waterway Administrations - Data & User Orientation (PA1A015)

Danube STREAM (PA1A126) and FAIRway Danube (PA1A108)

Strategic  reference

  • National development plans for the Danube waterway
  • EU's NAIADES Action Programme
  • Joint Statement on Inland Navigation and Environmental Sustainability in the Danube River Basin


The project was part of the EU's South-East-European Transnational Cooperation Programme (Priority Axis 3: Improvement of the accessibility, Intervention Area 3.1: Improve coordination in promoting, planning and operation for primary and secondary transportation networks).

EUSDR  embedding


EUSDR  compliance


Meta  data

Data provided by: Thomas Hartl (via donau, Austria) - 18.07.2011

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