On 1 January 2017, twenty-three partners from the Danube region officially started the project DAPhNE (Danube Ports Network). Co-funded by the Danube Transnational Programme as one of the 54 approved projects out of 547 initially submitted applications, the project focuses on improving the performance of Danube Ports with the aim to turn them into buzzing economic centres. In a nutshell, DAPhNE touches on topics such as port legislation & funding, port administration & management, port development and port strategy & port network formation.

By exploring these four topics, the consortium will significantly contribute to stepwise close the existing gaps between the 70 Danube ports located along the 2.414 km of the Danube River that deal with poor access infrastructure and superstructure, uncoordinated legal and regulatory frameworks, different ownership and administrative models, reduced private investments in the port area and decreasing human resources for this specific sector.
Thirty months of pioneering work are lying ahead of the DAPhNE consortium (January 2017-June 2019) under the coordination of Pro Danube International as lead partner.
The total budget of the project is 2.985.406,15 Euro, out of which the ERDF contribution amounts to 2.415.219,77 Euro & the IPA contribution amounts to 122.375,77 Euro.

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