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Partner ports within the DAPhNE Project

A "DAPhNE" Project - based spin-off initiative, the Danube Ports Network is a new actor in the Danube Region port governance system. With the support and collective effort of its partners, the Network shall become a long-term, sustainable structure contributing to good port governance and cooperation strengthening in the Danube Region.

The Danube Ports Network (DPN) will bring together public and private ports and terminal operators from the Danube Region willing to engage in a long-term, active and coordinated cooperation process benefiting the port industry and regional economy at large.

Through its activities, the Danube Ports Network provides:

  • A well-coordinated platform for continuous and coherent transnational and cross-border cooperation among partner organisations at policy, technical and operational level;
  • A stronger voice and a greater capacity to contribute to and influence along with European IWT Sector organisations the EU Inland Waterways Transport and ports policy agenda;
  • Innovative approaches and sustainable solutions to environmental, economic and societal challenges confronting inland and sea ports and terminals in the Danube Region linking to the western Black Sea;
  • A dynamic inclusive network offering partner organisations better channels of engagement with EU institutions and relevant port stakeholders at national, regional and EU level (ports associations, funding institutions etc.,);
  • Project-based access to financial support through increased use of European and national support programs for infrastructure development, environmental improvements, human resource strengthening, improved business processes and successful market activities.


The DPN concept has emerged within the framework of the DAPhNE Project in response to a real need for a unified, coordinated message of the Danube Region’s inland and sea ports community in Europe and beyond.

The “DAPhNE – Danube Ports Network” project (January 2017 – June 2019) is co-funded by EU Funds (ERDF, IPA) under the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP). The overall aim of DAPhNE is to reduce the knowledge, development and innovation gap between the Western and South – Eastern European Danube ports, and thus facilitate the Danube Region ports becoming efficient, sustainable elements of the overall EU transport and logistics system.

As part of the DAPhNE Project’s ongoing activities, the DPN’s work undertaken throughout its pilot operation phase (July 2018-June2019) is financially supported by the DAPhNE project.