DAPhNE Danube Ports Network

DAPhNE – Danube Ports Network aims to facilitate a balanced development of Danube Ports as eco-friendly, well accessible multimodal hubs for the transport system of the region and to turn them into buzzing economic centres functioning as catalysts for economic growth and creation of high value jobs.

To achieve this goal, a permanent cooperation will be secured between public & private entities along the Danube, each of them bringing in their own specific expertise. These entities are: ministries, port administrations, port users, specialized consultancy firms, logistics companies, NGOs and universities.

The project establishes a well-managed working platform which tackles the most urgent insufficiencies with the help of guidelines, recommendations and concrete pilot activities based on good practices leading into an overall development strategy and action plan for the Danube ports.

The activities aim to improve port legislation, funding of port investments (State Aid Schemes and Public-Private Partnership models), port administration processes, port business strategies as well as port infrastructure & industrial development strategies. Special attention is paid to human capacity building and eco-improvement options for the port sector.

An innovative port IT community system (electronic platform that connects multiple systems operated by a variety of organisations within the port area) will be tested in real-life and new markets for Danube ports will be analysed (business development determined by arising opportunities from circular economy, usage of alternative fuels, transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas, distribution of renewable energy).

The solutions elaborated by the consortium will be shared with more than 60 Danube ports as possible blueprints by building a Danube Port Network, which shall emerge into a Danube Port Network Organisation to ensure durability of the results and their continuous further development.

Danube Ports Network
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2 985 406,15
ERDF Contribution: 2 415 219,42
IPA Contribution: 122 375,77
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


As soon as the project achieves an output, it will be published in this section. Check the project webpage for more information
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Pro Danube International Lead partner danila@prodanube.eu Austria
Ennshafen Port ERDF partner k.kainzinger@ennshafen.at Austria
iC consulenten ZT GesmbH ERDF partner s.jovanovic@ic-group.org Austria
Ovidius University of Constanta ERDF partner economics@ovidius-university.net Romania
Ministry of Transport of Romania ERDF partner monica.patrichi@mt.ro Romania
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Project News

  • DAPhNE - DANTE - Second edition "Danube Transport Day" successfully organised in the European Parliament
    - 27-11-2017

    On 23 November 2017, Pro Danube International together with MEP Ana-Claudia Tapardel organized the second edition of the “Danube Transport Day” in the European Parliament, an event dedicated to the promotion of Danube transportation as vital...

  • DAPhNE - project event dedicated to port development successfully organised on 18 October in Budapest
    - 06-11-2017

    The Port Policy Day event in Budapest brought together 50 experts from the Danube port community (port authorities/administrations, port operators), IWT stakeholders, representatives of ministries of Danube States and of European Commission...

    - 16-10-2017

    To help tighten the ties between the Danube Port Community members, a series of events have been planned by the DAPhNE partners. Interested parties are invited to attend and get in contact with the Lead Partner (PDI)  to learn more about the...

    - 16-10-2017

    To help jump start the collaboration of port community and help put the basis of the Danube Ports Network, the consortium has planned two major events in 2017. So far, the first Port Info Day was organized on 11 May 2017 at the Munich Logistics...

    - 16-10-2017

    When it comes to port development, the DAPhNE consortium managed to elaborate a report dedicated to the status of port infrastructure along the Danube River which provides a comprehensive image of the traffic volumes, the new port projects, the...

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