DBS Gateway Region - Newsletter #3




Dear readers, dear friends of the Danube - Black Sea Region!

Time flies by – the DBS Gateway Region project is in the final phase. Efforts and achievements turn into results and outputs.

The project pilot action, the DBS container, travelling from China to Europe, arrived at the custom clearing office in Serbia. All travel data was tracked in the Travel Book. An application comparing different routes based on economic and ecologic criteria is developed.  

Furthermore, the Cooperation Platform, a strategic alliance of stakeholders to back up the sustainable pursuance of project results is given shape.

Project results as well as further cooperation steps will be presented to the public at the final conference on 13 June 2019 in Krems, Austria.



Results of project development


Based on the Roadmap and building on the results of the Regional Action Plans, selected measures have been identified and clustered to form small projects. The implementation within the DBS Gateway Region project lifetime directly demonstrates effects of communication and organisation improvements along the supply chain in the DBS Gateway Region.

Several of these feasibility studies have been done already and will be presented at the final conference in Krems.

Regional Action Plans (RAP) are available for the Port Regions of Galati, Varna, Burgas, Novi Sad, Vukovar and Budapest. Three additional RAPs cover the Regions Bratislava and Komárno, Vienna and Lower Austria as well as the Bulgarian Inland Waterway Ports Region.



The DBS Container arrived at its final destination 








The DBS Gateway Region pilot action traced cargo along a predefined transport-chain: starting in China, shipped over the ocean, entering the DBS Gateway Region in the Western Black Sea delta and along the Danube River to arrive in the middle of Europe. Challenges and relevant bottlenecks on the way were detected to generate significant data stressing the importance of implementation of necessary measures to increase the attractiveness of the inland waterway transport system in the DBS Gateway Region. 


As a first step a virtual container was sent on its journey from China (Shenzen) to Serbia (Smederevo) based on different offers from freight forwarders taking into account economic and ecologic indicators, such as price, travel-time, transport mode or emission.

In parallel, a real-life container was sent along the same route (Shenzhen to Smederevo) using the DBS Gateway Region´s sustainable and environmentally-friendly transport system by tracking and tracing of the DBS container and generating the same indicators as provided by the freight forwarders, including photo and video material. Alternative routes, from China to Serbia, over the ports of Koper, Rijeka, Bar, Piraeus and Constanta were described, analysed and compared in the Travel Book, in order to detect all advantages and disadvantages of the DBS region as a gateway.


The DBS container travelled via the Black Sea hub Constanta. In order to integrate the other three Black Sea ports Burgas (BG) /Varna (BG) /Galati (RO) and to generate the same set of data required for a sound comparison of routes, a Road Inventory was performed via the mentioned ports to Novi Sad (SER).

Finally, all generated data was fed into an application supporting companies and freight forwarders to choose the best suitable route. Based on the weights given to each of the economic and ecologic criteria, the optimal mix of transport modes is suggested by the application. The testing phase has just started!



Cooperation Platform


In the Joint Vision 2040, the project partners defined common fields of intervention within the three pillars (1) Strengthening the Regions, (2) Strengthening the Ports and (3) Strengthening the DBS Gateway Region. The strategic and operational objectives aim to support the development towards a transnational multiport gateway region. With the Roadmap (with its ten Regional Action Plans and Cooperation Action Plan) at hand, a clear path is drawn to reach the Joint Vision´s objectives. All partners agreed that only in a long-term cooperation the implementation of the defined measures can be guaranteed.

This is why a Cooperation Strategy was drafted to evaluate the best suitable institutional framework for the Cooperation Platform. In a transnational workshop on know-how transfer in Novi Sad in November 2018, the opinion and input of a wider range of stakeholders was included. Strong support for the Cooperation Platform was signalized by all participants. In order to best serve the purpose, the establishment of a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) was stated to be the long-term goal, enabling the regions, cities, municipalities and other stakeholders of the Danube-Black Sea region to continue their cooperation, to speak with one voice and to keep on developing the region together! 

In a first step, the Cooperation Platform will be hosted by the Working Community of the Danube Regions.



Final Conference 


The partners of the Danube-Black Sea Gateway Region project are pleased to invite you to the Final Conference!

At the Final Conference all results and project outputs will be presented, discussions on future cooperation aspects hosted and experience on institutional support shared.

The open to public conference will take place on the 13 June 2019 in Krems, Lower Austria. The event starts at 10:00 am at the Kloster Und with key note speeches and presentations of project results. The conference will be concluded by the official signing of an agreement on the future cooperation.

The participation is free of charge. The event will be held in English.

Detailed information on the programme and the registration form will soon be available at the project website.

We kindly invite all interested stakeholders to share their experience in the discussion and contribute in the territorial cooperation in the Danube-Black Sea Region!


Managing Authority | Joint Secretariat
Széchenyi István tér 7-8 - 1051 Budapest, Hungary
E-mail: danube@interreg-danube.eu  | Web: www.interreg-danube.eu


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