DBS Gateway Region Regional and Transport Development in the Danube-Black Sea Region towards a Transnational Multiport Gateway Region

DBS Gateway Region project aims at supporting the Danube-Black Sea region to become an attractive gateway region for maritime and inland waterway transport between Central Europe and the Black Sea, the Caspian region and the Far East by facilitating the cooperation within and with the region and its actors. The joint effort shall improve accessibility of both the ports and the regions and strengthen interoperability between maritime and inland waterways as well as with their hinterland. Together with raising the awareness of the possibilities of intermodal transport, this will lead to shifting existing and attracting new cargo flows to environmentally friendly transport systems.

At present, aging infrastructure and inefficient, non-transparent intermodal services limit the potential of the water transport system. The project is built upon the belief that the cooperation of public authorities, ports and their related associations is the key success factor in order to raise quality, reliability and efficiency of the waterway transport system.

Cooperation in itself will not yet lead to the envisaged results. It needs to be elevated on a well-informed (Potential Analysis, Road Map), well-prepared (list of projects ready to be implemented, Funding Guideline), well-focused (Joint Vision, Joint Cooperation Strategy) and well-supported (Cooperation Platform beyond the lifetime of the project) level.

The specific objectives of the project accommodate this fact:

  • The project aims at creating a basis for cooperation between the relevant stakeholders in order to be able to work together towards the development of the DBS Gateway Region.
  • Through increased attractiveness of the waterway transport system, it aims at providing the preconditions for the region to take over the envisaged role as DBS Gateway Region.
  • In order to be able to further develop and actively promote the DBS Gateway Region beyond the lifetime of the project, the project aims at facilitating long-term cooperation of all key actors within an institutionalised Cooperation Platform.
Regional and Transport Development in the Danube-Black Sea Region towards a Transnational Multiport Gateway Region
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2178449,3
ERDF Contribution: 1652352,65
IPA Contribution: 199329,25
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

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Regional Government of Lower Austria Lead partner christian.popp@noel.gv.at AUSTRIA
UIV Urban Innovation Vienna ERDF partner rainer.mueller@tinavienna.at AUSTRIA
Freeport of Budapest Logistics Ltd ERDF partner zs.jako@bszl.hu HUNGARY
Port Authority Vukovar ERDF partner miroslav.madjarac@port-authority-vukovar.hr CROATIA
Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company ERDF partner a.natova@bgports.bg BULGARIA
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Project News

  • DBS Gateway Region - Publication of Interim Project Results
    - 19-12-2018
    Publication of Interim Project Results

    After one year of project implementation accomplished results and achieved milestones have been compiled in a publication! The Interim Results Brochure has been printed and was presented and distributed at the transnational workshop taking...

  • DBS Gateway Region - DBS GATEWAY REGION - TRANSNATIONAL WORKSHOPS - Event News and Presentations
    - 14-12-2018

    More than 100 experts from Central and East European Countries came together on 14th November 2018 at the Hotel Sheraton in Novi Sad and on 15th November 2018 at the Port Authority/ Agency for Inland Waterways in Vukovar for the Transnational...

  • DBS Gateway Region - Transnational Workshops on Capacity Building and Know-How Transfer, 14/15 November 2018, Novi Sad and Vukovar
    - 09-10-2018

    The Regional Government of Lower Austria as Lead partner and the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences and the Port Authority Vukovar as the hosts of the event are pleased to invite you to Transnational Workshops on Capacity...

  • DBS Gateway Region - Black Sea Summit 2018 in Odessa
    - 30-08-2018
    Black Sea Summit 2018 in Odessa

    On September 6th, DBS Gateway Region will be presented at the 7th AER Black Sea Summit in Odessa. Within the session “United in Diversity: Official announcement of the relaunch of the ARGE Donauländer/Working Community“, representatives of the...

  • DBS Gateway Region - Regional Action Plans for all partner regions
    - 30-08-2018
    Regional Action Plans for all partner regions

    Which projects will be most relevant in the near future to strengthen the role of waterway transport and to better connect ports with their hinterland? Each of the project partners answered this question for their region in a Regional Action...

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