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Funding stream:
Danube Transnational Programme 2014-2020

Short description:

DANTE aimed to identify and eliminate the administrative barriers for inland waterway transport (IWT) on the Danube & its navigable tributaries as a joint initiative of the private sector and the national public authorities responsible for these barriers.

DANTE functions as a smart network supported by the EUSDR/PA1A and important relevant national stakeholders in providing better framework conditions for inland waterway transport. An active cooperation platform of at least 20 key actors in the programme area was initiated and sustained in order to strengthen environmentally-friendly, safe and balanced transport systems. This platform involves EC Services (DG MOVE, DG Regio), governmental and private sector stakeholders to overcome the administrative and related financial barriers in 5 thematic areas: Border Police, Tax & Customs; Navigation/traffic control authorities; Port authorities/administrations; Waterway and Canal administrations; Others.

The project partners collected and analyzed inputs from stakeholders on national level via the transnational IWT barrier reporting tool: ( This innovative, multi-language tool enables the state-of-the-art way of mapping the every-day barriers of the actors in IWT and result in a database that works as basis for further analysis and recommendations. DANTE systematically introduced stakeholder consultation procedures in legal and regulatory acts of public administration relevant for IWT. All information gathered was structured into consolidated reports and widely discussed with competent authorities and key stakeholders at meetings and working tables on a national and transnational level.

The implementation of the project lead to better management of this eco-friendly, European, central transport infrastructure and to the decrease of logistic costs for all economic branches, which depend on water transport for their competitiveness on a global scale.

Period of implementation: January 2017 - June 2019