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 - at International Conferences
    - 27-02-2018

    In 2017 the DBS Gatweay Region project was promoted the project at following events: Bulgarian Black Sea day in Burgas, 31 October 2017 (PP6) International scientific conference LOGI 2017 in České Budějovice, 19 October 2017 (IPA...

  • DBS Gateway Region - Regional Stakeholder Workshops
    - 14-06-2017

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  • DBS Gateway Region - Project Kick-Off Conference in Sofia, 22 March 2017
    - 21-04-2017

    About 60 experts from Central and East European Countries came together on 22 March at the Best Western Hotel Expo in Sofia in order to be informed on the recently started project DBS (Danube-Black Sea) Gateway Region, which is co-financed within...

  • DBS Gateway Region - Kick-Off Conference, 22 March 2017, Sofija
    - 01-03-2017

    The Lead Partner, Regional Government of Lower Austria, of the DBS Gateway Region project has the pleasure to kindly invite you to participate at the Kick-Off Conference on 22 March 2017 in Sofija, Bulgaria. The conference will take place in...

  • DBS Gateway Region - Save the Date - Kick-Off Conference, 21/22 March 2017, Sofija
    - 31-01-2017

    The Regional Government of Lower Austria as Lead partner and Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company as the host of the kick-off event are pleased to invite you to the Kick-Off Conference of the Danube-Black Sea (DBS) Gateway Region project held...

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