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


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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

  • Danube SKILLS - the Best DTP Project Website
    - 01-08-2017

    We are very proud to announce that the hard work and dedication of Danube SKILLS great team and brilliant Communication Manager of Lead Partner, CERONAV, have been rewarded by the Danube Transnational Programme with the first position in the Best...

  • Danube SKILLS - promoted at ZIRP 2017 Conference- Opatija
    - 20-06-2017

    Organized by project partner Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences (FPZ) the International Conference on Traffic Development, Logistics & Sustainable Transport Science and Traffic Development - ZIRP 2017 was held in Grand Hotel 4 opatijska...

  • Danube SKILLS - Danube SKILLS – Second Partners Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia
    - 10-06-2017

    The beautiful capital of Croatia, Zagreb, hosted on 6 and 7 June the second Danube SKILLS Partners’ Meeting. Contact: Ghiuler Manole Project Manager Phone: +40 241 639595/ 2223 Email: ghiulermanole@ceronav.ro Mobile: +40 752 118...

  • Danube SKILLS - Public consultations on recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation
    - 30-05-2017

    Danube SKILLS project partners have recently completed the public consultations organized in all consortium countries and intended to raise awareness on the European Commission proposal for a new European Directive on recognition of professional...

  • Danube SKILLS - Croatia Public consultation
    - 18-05-2017

    CROATIA - Public workshop on the contents of the new proposed EU Directive on recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation

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