Besides its technical relevance, the work of LinkingDanube significantly contributes to the goals and objectives of the European Directive 2010/40/EC. In priority action a) of this Directive the European Commission specifies the requirements for making EU-wide travel information services available to users across borders.
A Delegated Regulation for the priority action a) is currently in preparation and will be published in 2017. This regulation outlines the linking of services via Open API for transnational routing as a promising solution to enhance the geographical coverage of travel information services. The work done in LinkingDanube can thus be considered a spearheading implementation of priority action a), thereby serving as a proof-of-concept for linking services. This is important from a strategic perspective as multimodal journey planning has been a key part of the European Commission’s strategy to support the future of transportation, as described in the White Paper of 2011. As a first major project outcome, the concept on linking journey planners across borders will be publicly available at the beginning of 2018.