Hungarian Federation of Danube Ports is implementing an EU-funded project as a part of a transnational consortium consisting of 23 project partners from 9 Danube-riparian countries.

DAPhNE – Danube Ports Network project is co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA) under the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) and will run for 30 months (January 2017 – June 2019).

DAPhNE aims to facilitate a balanced development of Danube Ports as eco-friendly, well accessible multimodal hubs for the transport system of the region and to turn them into buzzing economic centres functioning as catalysts for economic growth and creation of high value jobs.

To achieve this goal, a permanent cooperation will be secured between public & private entities along the Danube, each of them bringing in their own specific expertise: ministries, port administrations, port users, specialized consultancy firms, logistics companies and universities.

The project establishes a well-managed working platform which tackles the most urgent insufficiencies with the help of guidelines, recommendations and concrete pilot activities based on good practices leading into an overall development strategy and action plan for the Danube ports.

The activities aim to improve port legislation, funding of port investments (State Aid Schemes and PPP models), port administration processes, port business strategies as well as port infrastructure & industrial development strategies. Special attention is paid to human capacity building and eco-improvement options for the port sector.

An innovative port IT community system will be tested in real-life and new markets for Danube ports (circular economy, alternative fuels/LNG as cargo, distribution of renewable energy) will be analysed.

The solutions elaborated by the consortium will be shared with more than 60 Danube ports as possible blueprints by building a Danube Port Network which shall emerge into a Danube Port Network Organisation to ensure durability of the results and their continuous further development. Improved coordination and transnational integration achieved via pilot actions and common tools developed by private and public key stakeholders will lead to joint solutions for modernizing the Danube ports and will tap their economic potential for sustainable growth of the Danube region.

More information about the project: www.interreg-danube.eu/daphne