DPN Advisory Group holds its second working meeting in Vienna  

On the 16th of December 2019, the Advisory Group of the Danube Ports Network (DPN) came together for its second working meeting in Vienna. The Advisory Group had met under an informal interactive dialogue format to discuss strategic, organisational and financial aspects pertaining to the “start-up” stage of the DPN, which began after the completion of the DAPhNE Project (30th of June 2019).

Chaired by Capt. Béla Szalma, DPN Advisory Group Chairman, the meeting reviewed the progress and work in hand of the Technical Secretariat. The participating Members have provided practical and strategic advice which shall guide the operational and thematic work of the Technical Secretariat in 2020. 

The focus of the work will continue to be on the initiation, definition and implementation of common interest projects, port advocacy and communication, and port policy dedicated events organisation. As the global concerns about the environmental issues such climate change increase, the Advisory Group called on the Technical Secretariat to place a more focus on promoting the role and positive contribution of Danube Ports towards sustainable development, in line with the newly adopted European Green Deal.

In terms of strategic partnerships establishment, next year shall see the conclusion of a cooperation agreement of the Secretariat of the Danube Commission with the Danube Ports Network with shall enable DC’s support (organizational and financial contributions) to further consolidate the capacity and activities of the network through dedicated communication and joint awareness activities.

The Meeting was hosted by Pro Danube Management GmbH – the Host & Coordinating Organisation of the DPN Technical Secretariat and contributed by :

  • Capt. Béla SZALMA, President Hungarian Federation of Danube Ports, Chairman DPN Advisory Group
  • Mr. Gussmagg Gerhard, Managing Director, Rhenus Donauhafen Krems GmbH & Co KG, Member DPN Advisory Group
  • Mr. Thomas MOSER, General Director, Danube Logistics SRL/Giurgiulesti International Free Port, Member DPN Advisory Group
  • Mr. Anguel Zaburtov Director General Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (by Skype), Member DPN Advisory Group
  • Mr. Herfried LEITNER, Chairman Pro Danube International
  • Mr. Peter Woetzinger, Partner iC consulenten, Managing Director Pro Danube Management GmbH
  • Mr. Robert Rafael, General Manager Pro Danube Management GmbH)
  • Ms. Janeta Toma, PDM, DPN Technical Secretariat