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
End date
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


Filename Date of upload
Report on Danube Navigation promotion demand 24-05-2018 09:47:00
TRANSNATIONAL_GAP_ANALYSIS_V1.pdf 24-05-2018 09:44:51
Danube SKILLS_Ouput 41a Quality Report 02-01-2018 13:21:17
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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
Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences ERDF partner natalija.kavran@fpz.hr CROATIA
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Project News

  • Danube SKILLS - Training session in Germany
    - 15-11-2018
    Training session in Germany

    On 8th November 2018 the DanubeSKILLS partner DST organised the training session of the model course "Safety practises for emergency situations during ship operation - Operational level". The model course is one of the main outputs of the...

  • Danube SKILLS - National Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria
    - 14-11-2018
    National Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria

    On 31st of October, 2018, Todor Kableshkov University of Transport (UT) organized in its premises in Sofia the national workshop with project Bulgarian stakeholders. Contact Danube SKILLS:  Mrs. Ghiuler Manole​ -Project...

  • Danube SKILLS - Approval of CESNI standards on 8 November 2018
    - 12-11-2018
    Approval of CESNI standards on 8 November 2018

    At its meeting on 8 November 2018, CESNI adopted following standards regarding professional qualifications in inland navigation: Standards for medical fitness; Standards of competence for the operational level; Standards of...

  • Danube SKILLS - Training session in Croatia
    - 02-11-2018
    Training session in Croatia

    First training session Safety practices for emergency situations during ship operation- Operational level organized in Croatia Contact Danube SKILLS:  Mrs. Ghiuler Manole​ -Project Manager Phone: +40 241 639595/ 2223 Email:...

    - 30-10-2018

    AUSTRIA- Stakeholder-meeting on the implementation of the EU-Directive 2017/2397 in the apprenticeship in the area of inland navigation and shipping Contact Danube SKILLS:  Mrs. Ghiuler Manole​ -Project Manager Phone: +40 241...

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