DANTE – IMPROVING ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES AND PROCESSES FOR DANUBE ITW
Project is co-funded by European Union Funds (ERDF, IPA) under the Danube Transnational Programme and will run for 30 months (January 2017 – June 2019). The project is implemented by a transnational consortium of 16 co-funded organisations and 12 associated strategic partners from 10 European countries (GE, AT, SK, HU, HR, RS, RO, BG, UK, MD). The project has a total budget of 1.982.786,00 Euro, out of which ERDF contribution amounts 1.650.134,75 Euro & IPA contribution amounts 35.233,35 Euro.
Good practices and guidelines for effective administration of IWT activities shall be developed with regard to the identified barriers. The proposed solutions will be discussed with the responsible authorities at national working tables, as well as in transnational ones. This matrix approach shall deliver quick solutions and a wide harmonisation of procedures and processes along the river. The monitoring system for collecting user experiences (supported by an online tool) will be a key element for successful project implementation.
DANTE facilitates the work of EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority Area 1a and is acknowledged by the European Commission (EC) / Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) as part of their efforts to reduce administrative barriers in the transport sector. DANTE actively involves the Danube Commission (DC) and therefore also functions as platform of the related joint efforts of DC & EC.
DANTE focuses on five thematic areas where administrative barriers are most evidently reducing efficiency of IWT operations, which are:
1. Border Police, Tax & Customs
2. Navigation / traffic control authorities
3. Port authorities / administrations
4. Waterway and Canal administrations
5. Other relevant authorities imposing barriers (e.g. health control, disaster management, etc)
DANTE also refers to a wider policy initiative recently launched by Pro Danube called “Green Deal for Danube River Transport” which shall create an improved long-term policy framework for Danube IWT based on stakeholder commitments.
More information is available at: http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/dante