DAPhNE - Danube Ports Network

The project 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. In order to achieve this, a permanent cooperation will be secured between public & private entities along the Danube, each of them bringing in their own specific expertise: ministries, port administrations, port users, specialized consultancy firms, logistics companies 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 practicesm 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 PPP 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 will be tested in real-life and new markets for Danube ports (circular economy, alternative fuels/LNG as cargo, distribution of renewable energy) will be analysed. 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 in order to ensure durability of the results and their continous further development. Improved coordination and transnational integration achieved via pilot actions and common tools developed by private and public key stakeholders will lead to joint solutions for modernizing the Danube ports and will  tap their economic potential for sustainable growth of the Danube region.

Danube Ports Network
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2985406,15
ERDF Contribution: 2415219,42
IPA Contribution: 122375,77
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


Filename Date of upload
Press release EN 20/02/2017 01-03-2017 07:08:50
Kick-off meeting AGENDA 01-03-2017 07:01:35
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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 - Save the date: Danube Ports Info Day in Munich 11/05/2017
    - 22-03-2017

    The Danube Ports Info Day will be organized on 11.05.2017, 12:00 - 14:00 pm at Transport Logistics Fair Munich/DE, Hall B3 / 306. The event – which is a part of output 3.3 of the DAPhNE project – is meant to promote Danube Ports as logistic &...

  • DAPhNE - Presentations of DAPhNE Kick-off meeting Budapest
    - 01-03-2017

    Danube Ports Network - DAPhNE has officially started with a public Kick-off event hosted by the Hungarian Federation of Danube Ports last week in Budapest, where 72 participants from 9 countries came together to learn more about the...

  • DAPhNE - EU funded project DAPhNE officially kicked off in Budapest
    - 20-02-2017

    Today, 20 February 2017, the EU co-funded transnational project DAPhNE – Danube Ports Network was officially launched in Budapest. The event brought together more than 50 experts having a dedicated interest in the development and improvement of...

  • DAPhNE - Danube Ports Network Kick-off Event in Budapest - 20/02/2017
    - 01-02-2017

    The DAPhNE consortium is pleased to invite you to the official Kick-off event of their transnational project taking place in Budapest on 20th February 2017 starting at 11:00 a.m. CET. Danube Ports Network project aims to facilitate a balanced...

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