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1 © via donau I 1 EU Strategy for the Danube Region – Vienna/Bratislava Conference 20. April 2010, Bratislava Otto Schwetz, Chairman of the Pan-European Transport Corridor VII, the Danube Markus Simoner, via donau – Austrian waterway infrastructure management and development enterprise Develop a sustainable and competitive transport system on the Danube river

2 © via donau I 2 Territorial coverage of the Danube region strategy

3 © via donau I 3 The significance of the Danube waterway for the Danube region countries The Danube river directly connects 10 out of the 14 Danube region countries Furthermore the Danube also connects to the regional hinterland via its navigable tributaries (Sava, Drava, Tisa and the Danube-Black Sea canal) and more than 70 ports (40 of international importance)

4 © via donau I 4 The Danube river in the context of the European waterway network Trieste

5 © via donau I 5 The Danube river in the context of the European policy framework EC Guidelines for the Development of the Trans-European Transport Network TEN–T (Priority project 18 - Waterway axis Rhine/Meuse-Main-Danube) EC Transport White Paper (Mid-term review 2006) NAIADES – European Action Programme for inland waterway transport (2006) and its implementation platform PLATINA EU enlargement and European neighbourhood policy: EC guidelines for transport in Europe and neighbouring regions (´Building bridges´ 2007) The new Europe 2020 strategy (20/20/20 climate/energy targets – low carbon economy)

6 © via donau I 6 The Danube river: Multiple uses and functions Waterway Valuable ecosystem and habitat Flood protection Agriculture Drinking water Tourism and recreation Waste water and cooling water Fishery Energy production

7 © via donau I 7 Strategic actions Sonstige Implement the agreed TEN-T priority Danube waterway infrastructure projects on time and in an environmentally sustainable way Develop Danube Ports into multimodal logistics centres Improve the environmental performance of Danube navigation Implement harmonised River Information Services on the Danube Invest in jobs and qualifications in the Danube navigation sector Improve comprehensive waterway management of the Danube (ecology, navigation and flood protection) Examine potential effects of climate change on Danube navigation Coordinate national transport policies in order to promote Danube navigation

8 © via donau I 8 Danube navigation is a multi-dimensional system Inland waterway transport is an interlinked system with many parameters to be taken into consideration Integrated actions, international cooperation and active national policies are needed to maintain and restore the Danube as a natural living space and habitat as well as a European transport axis!


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