18.12.2020 | 17:41

Funding stream:
Danube Transnational Programme 2014-2020

The Danube (and sea) ports are extremely important for the economic development of the Danube region. They present an opportunity for increase in the trade of goods, growth in the field of ecology and creating jobs in it. That's why investments in the inland waterway ports (incl. railway, road and sea connections) will have to conform to the surrounding transport infrastructure and regional development plans.

Improvement in the port infrastructure and in the services provided by it are crucial for reducing transport costs. This will increase connectivity, facilitate trade and will stimulate the trade flows in the Danube region.

About the project:
Project Dionysus officially started on July 1st, 2020, as a result of the cooperation between port administrations and operators, business associations, academic circles and the national authorities of the Danube countries. The project is managed by Pro Danube Romania, financed via the Danube Transnational Programme and is a continuation of project DAPhNE. DIONYSUS' aim is to solve the basic regional challenges in the planning and managing of port infrastructure, facilitate the integration of the Danube region towards the smart and sustainable multimodal transport chains.

DIONYSUS will help with drafting policies for the development of the Danube transport corridor. The team will analyse the existing railway and road infrastructure for access to Danube ports, will mark the disadvantages in it and give recommendations for their elimination.

Plans will be drafted for the development of Danube ports, operating business models for qulity and sustainable development of the region, as well as mechanisms for attracting investments in it.

A General Plan for the River Cruise Industry will also be developed.

All project results will be in line with the specific transport objectives of the EU, TEN-T and the Cohesion Policy, turning DIONYSUS in a main tool for implementing the The European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).