Danube SKILLS - Increased institutional capacity in Danube navigation by boosting joint transnational competences and skills in education and public development services

Project Summary

Today there is still a lack of transparency and knowledge on how to integrate green Danube Navigation into sustainable transport solutions. Increased institutional and organisational capacity will help equip public service providers with a critical mass of information and support to understand (=mind shift) and use (=modal shift) Danube transport and help them to jointly respond to common challenges.

Besides, there is a shortage of qualified personnel on-board inland vessels and fragmented legal framework governing skills and qualifications in the Danube inland transport sector and hindering recognition of qualifications and mobility of work force.

Above challenges identified in Danube navigation explain in part the huge discrepancy between inland waterway transport on the Rhine and on the Danube (EUSDR: “Cargo volumes transported on the Danube are only between 10% and 20% of those carried on the Rhine”) and make imperative the need for a common transnational approach to increase institutional capacity of responsible authorities and administrations and level the gap between the two regions with regard to inland navigation.

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Danube SKILLS consortium thus consist of a well-balanced composition of 15 organisations which cover 8 Danube countries: Romania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany and Serbia and 7 Associated strategic partners. Click here for partners section.

Acting as a policy driver for the integration of Danube region into the overall European inland navigation legal framework, Danube SKILLS ensures the multilevel, efficient and transparent governance of the nautical education and Danube logistics, respectively and warrants the increased capacity building of the region by delivery and validation of a set of transnational management structures, processes and cooperation patterns.

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Increased institutional capacity in Danube navigation by boosting joint transnational competences and skills in education and public development services
Start date
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Budget in Euro
Overall: 2023100
ERDF Contribution: 1586185
IPA Contribution: 133450
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Well-governed Danube region
Specific objective
Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Romanian Maritime Training Centre - CERONAV Lead partner ghiulermanole@ceronav.ro ROMANIA
Austrian Waterway Company ERDF partner gerhard.klatt@viadonau.org AUSTRIA
University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria Research & Development Ltd. ERDF partner Lisa-Maria.Putz@fh-steyr.at AUSTRIA
Executive Agency Maritime Administration ERDF partner hm_rs@marad.bg BULGARIA
Forum for Balkan Transport and Infrastructure ERDF partner vgrozdanov@fbti.eu BULGARIA
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Project News

    - 21-10-2017

    Croatian partners FPZ and CRUP jointly promoted Danube SKILLS during the Open days-Faculy Day celebration, held on 9th, 10th and 17th October 2017 at Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences. Contact person: Mrs. Ghiuler Manole‚Äč -...

  • Danube SKILLS - members attended the DTP Capitalisation Workshop on Thematic Pole 7
    - 19-10-2017

    Participants to the DTP Capitalisation Workshop Thematic Pole 7 Waterways, organized earlier today during the 6th EUSDR Forum in Budapest, Hungary, discussed if current pool of ongoing projects was sufficient to achieve the PA1a and TP7 targets...

  • Danube SKILLS - sharing opinions on DTP role in transnational co-operation in the Danube region
    - 19-10-2017

    During the plenary session “Present and Future of the Danube Transnational Programme” organized earlier today during the 6th EUSDR Forum in Budapest, Ghiuler Manole, Project Manager of Danube SKILLS shared with participants and the audience her...

  • Danube SKILLS - Best DTP website
    - 18-10-2017

    Alina Mantu, Danube SKILLS Communication Manager received earlier today the certificate for best DTP website from Alexandra Pala, Head of Joint Secretariat and Eloy Gómez Girón, JS Communication officer in a ceremony organized during the EUSDR...

  • Danube SKILLS - Service and know-how
    - 18-10-2017

    Service and know-how – Danube SKILLS as an economic asset for the Danube region As part of the Danube SKILLS project, so-called one-stop shops are set up to serve as public information points providing free available services for (potential)...

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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)