National User Forum of FAIRway Danube project
Bratislava, Wednesday 27th April 2016 – Today the first User forum of the Project FAIRway Danube was held at the premises of the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic.
Project FAIRway Danube (July 2015 – June 2020) will significantly increase the knowledge about shallow sections of the Danube; furthermore, rehabilitation measures will be adapted and designed on the fairway routing. Project FAIRway Danube will be carried out in the cooperation of six countries including Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania. It will be under the auspices of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) of the European Commission. The actions are co-financed by the CEF programme (Connecting Europe Facility).
A wide range of experts on water transport, users of waterway, and representatives of shippers companies as well as from the Ministry of Environment and from the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic participated in the User Forum.
The main topic of the User Forum was the introduction of FAIRway Danube activities, project’s progress since the beginning of implementation and planned future results.
The activities of the Slovak Republic within the FAIRway Danube project were particularly emphasized.
Waterborne Transport Development Agency leads the Activity 6 – Documentation for selected future measures. In the frame of this activity, Waterborne Transport Development Agency deals with the problematics of the modernization of the Gabčíkovo locks and preparation of the Lower Váh navigability.
The participants of the user forum were informed about the Prefeasibility study of the modernization of the Gabčíkovo locks which was elaborated by Waterborne Transport Development Agency at the end of 2015. At the same time the Agency presented the issues of the Lower Váh navigability and a planned structure of the Feasibility study to upgrade the Lower Váh.
The minutes of User Forum is available here.