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 - Train the trainer session, Bratislava, Slovakia
    - 24-09-2018
    Train the trainer session, Bratislava, Slovakia

    On 20 September 2018 CERONAV organized in Bratislava, Slovakia, the Train the trainer session on Human Resource Management and Social Responsibility on board, the transnational innovative model jointly developed by project partners based on the...

  • Danube SKILLS - 3rd Newsletter is online!
    - 26-06-2018
    3rd Newsletter is online!

    Danube SKILLS 3rd Newsletter in online! Eighteen months into project implementation we are happy to share with you some of our results in reaching project ambitious objectives for the Danube region: integration of Danube navigation into...

  • Danube SKILLS - progress update reported to EUSDR PAC1 14th Meeting of Steering Group
    - 13-06-2018
    progress update reported to EUSDR PAC1 14th Meeting of Steering Group

    Danube SKILLS was invited by the Steering Group of EUSDR PAC1a to present an update on strategy for the implementation of the Directive 2017/2397 during its 14th meeting on 12 June 2018 in Budapest, Hungary. Contact Danube SKILLS: ...

  • Danube SKILLS - progress reported to CESNI/QP members
    - 29-05-2018
    progress reported to CESNI/QP members

    Danube SKILLS delegates, Ghiuler Manole and Doina Munteanu of CERONAV, had the privilege to report on ongoing project activities to members of CESNI/QP/COM and CESNI/QP gathered on 23 and 24 May in Strasbourg, France. Contact person...

  • Danube SKILLS - Setting up joint cooperation with EDINNA
    - 18-05-2018
    Setting up joint cooperation with EDINNA

    The agenda of EDINNA’s 12th General Assembly held on 15-16 May in Harlingen, NL focused primarily on the recently published European Directive 2017/2397 on the recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation and steps to be taken...

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