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Increased institutional capacity in Danube navigation by boosting joint transnational competences and skills in education and public development services

Today, there is still a lack of transparency and knowledge on how to integrate green Danube Navigation into sustainable transport solutions. Increased institutional and organisational capacity will help equip public service providers with a critical mass of information and support to understand (=mind shift) and use (=modal shift) Danube transport and help them to jointly respond to common challenges.

Besides, there is a shortage of qualified personnel on-board inland vessels and fragmented legal framework governing skills and qualifications in the Danube inland transport sector and hindering recognition of qualifications and mobility of work force.

Main objectives of the project:

  • Make public institutions in charge with nautical training and certification fit to implement common European standards; 
  • Make public institutions responsible for Danube navigation development fit to provide services to actively trigger raise of modal share of inland waterway transports;
  • Green Danube transport and to act as 1-stop-shops for Danube logistics;
  • Set-up of institutional (= sector-wide) Capacity Building cooperation for improving legal and policy frameworks on nautical qualifications and Danube transport promotion.

Foreseen results:

  • Capacities and skills on nautical qualifications: Danube SKILLS will contribute to the adoption in the Danube region of the new European legislation on the recognition of professional qualifications and the common standards; 
  • Capacities and skills on Danube logistics: Danube SKILLS will assist public institutions responsible for Danube navigation development in the transnational promotion of Danube logistics by increasing first their competencies and skills in Danube logistics and thus fostering their interactions with their commercial users on how to learn and use Danube transport on a regular basis.
  • Transnational policy support such as strategies and action plans for nautical qualifications and Danube transport for fostering institutional (= sector-wide) capacity building.

The project consortium includes 22 partners (13 ERDF, 2 IPA, 7 ASPs) from the education and training and the inland waterway transport industry, public authorities, non-government organizations and international associations from Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania as well Associated Strategic Partners (ASPs) from FR, HU, HR, CZ, NL and BE.

Lead Partner:

CERONAV – Centrul Român pentru Pregătirea şi Perfecţionarea Personalului din Transporturi Navale (Romanian Maritime Training Centre), Constanța, România,

Project duration: 30 months (January 2017 – June 2019)

Project webpage: www.interreg-danube.eu/danube-skills

The project is funded under the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP), PA 4: Well governed Danube Region.


One-Stop-Shop for the Danube

Under the following links you can find current information on the Danube:


Information on the Danube fairway: ELWIS  (de) | Danube Portal 
Danube ports: WESKA (de)| Danube Ports
Shipping and forwarding companies: BDB e.V. (de)| VBW e.V. | Blue Pages Bayernhafen Gruppe
Information on national/international funding: ELWIS (de)| EIBIP
Information on promising markets for Danube logistics: Statistisches Bundesamt (destatis) | CCNR
Promotion of Danube logistics: viadonau | Manual on Danube Navigation  | WSV  (de)
Nautical and vessel design: Overview Vessel Types on the Danube


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