DANTE - Improving Administrative Procedures and Processes for Danube IWT

DANTE aims at identifying and eliminating administrative barriers for inland waterway transport (IWT) on the Danube & its navigable tributaries as a joint initiative of the private sector and the national public authorities responsible for these barriers.

Good practices and guidelines for effective administration of IWT activities shall be developed with regard to the identified barriers. The proposed solutions will be discussed with the responsible authorities at national working tables, as well as in transnational ones. This matrix approach shall deliver quick solutions and a wide harmonisation of procedures and processes along the river. The monitoring system for collecting user experiences (supported by an online tool) will be a key element for successful project implementation.

DANTE facilitates the work of EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority Area 1a and is acknowledged by the European Commission (EC) / Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) as part of their efforts to reduce administrative barriers in the transport sector. DANTE actively involves the Danube Commission (DC) and therefore also functions as platform of the related joint efforts of DC & EC.

DANTE focuses on five thematic areas where administrative barriers are most evidently reducing efficiency of IWT operations, which are:

  • Border Police, Tax & Customs
  • Navigation / traffic control authorities
  • Port authorities / administrations
  • Waterway and Canal administrations
  • Other relevant authorities imposing barriers (e.g. health control, disaster management, etc)

DANTE also refers to a wider policy initiative recently launched by Pro Danube called “Green Deal for Danube River Transport” which shall create an improved long-term policy framework for Danube IWT based on stakeholder commitments.

Improving Administrative Procedures and Processes for Danube IWT
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1982786
ERDF Contribution: 1650134,75
IPA Contribution: 35233,35
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Pro Danube International Lead partner rafael@prodanube.eu Austria
iC consulenten ZT GesmbH ERDF partner s.spegar@ic-group.org Austria
Slovak Shipping and Ports JSC ERDF partner belucha@spap.sk Slovakia
Hungarian Shipping Federation ERDF partner mahosz@mahosz.hu Hungary
Hungarian Federation of Inland Waterway Freight Forwarders ERDF partner a.bencsik@mbfsz.hu Hungary
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Project News

  • DANTE - Project presented at the Danube Commission Workshop '17
    - 12-06-2017

    On the 8th of June, the Danube Commission Workshop '17 took place at the Secretariat of the Danube Commission in Budapest. Within this framework, an active exchange of ideas and fruitful discussions have been enabled between the Danube...

  • DANTE - First round of national working table meetings
    - 19-05-2017

    The organisation of national working tables is a key activity of the DANTE project that shall create a durable environment for the private and the public stakeholders to identify administrative barriers for the inland waterway transport and...

  • DANTE - Danube waterway projects presented at the EUSDR Steering Group meeting
    - 16-05-2017

    The Steering Group of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region PA1a (Mobility / Waterways) held its 12th meeting in Vienna on 11th May 2017. This event was an excellent occasion to present the status of the implementation of the Fairway...

  • DANTE - Contributing to simplify - harmonise - digitalise Danube IWT administration
    - 05-05-2017

    DANTE was high on the agenda at the EUSDR PA1a & PA11 Joint Working Group meeting in Vienna on 25th April 2017 by means of presenting the project and taking active part in the discussions in order to simplify - harmonise - digitalise Danube IWT...

  • DANTE - Improving Administrative Procedures and Processes for Danube IWT
    - 10-04-2017

    As of 1 January 2017, a transnational consortium of 16 co-funded organisations and 12 associated strategic partners (public authorities, consulting companies, universities and NGOs) from 10 European countries has started the implementation the...

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