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EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR),  Priority area 1b: To improve mobility and multimodality − rail, road and air links

Fourth Annual Stakeholders’ Conference


Tuesday and Wednesday, 4th - 5th December 2018,  Ljubljana / Slovenia

Venue: Hotel Best Western Premier SLON, Slovenska cesta 34, Ljubljana

The 4th International stakeholder conference entitled “The Danube Region Transport Days 2018” aims to bring together transport community to exchange and share their experiences, results and ideas on all aspects of inland and air transport in the Danube macro-region.  Moreover the aim is to strengthen cooperation between transport stakeholders in the Danube macro-region in order to jointly address the challenges associated with implementation of existing transport policy activities.


DAY 1: Tuesday, 4 December 2018

8.15 – 9.00 Registration and Welcome Coffee


9.00 – 9.05 Welcome and Introduction - EUSDR Priority Area Coordinators (PACs)

9.05– 9.35  Keynote Speeches

9.35– 10.30 S1: Financing Mechanisms for Transport Projects in the Danube region

Representatives of the European Commission and IFIs will give an overview of investments in transport in present financial period and information on financing opportunities in the new financial perspective 2021 to 2027.

During the discussion participants will be able to express their views on efficiency of present financial mechanism, as well as views on needs and expectations.

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00–12.30 S2: Towards Improved Mobility and Connectivity in the Danube Region: Main transport corridors crossing the Danube macro-region

Since 1994 great efforts are made that the European citizens and companies will get access to seamless comprehensive multimodal network. At present the EU network backbone is represented by the TEN-T core network (comprehensive and core).  In last several years efforts were made that this network is expended to the candidate, potential candidate and neighbourhood countries. Latest developments and results will be presented by the EU coordinators and representatives of several additional initiatives of utmost importance for better movement of peoples and goods in the Danube region. During the discussion participants will be able to express their views on completion of main transport infrastructure in the Danube macro-region.

12.30–14.00 Lunch Break 


14.00–16.00 S3: Activities and On-going Projects Relevant to the Danube Region

Better insight into transport pilot projects under implementation is offered, among others, within the Danube transnational programme (DTP). This session will bring together lead partners of ongoing DTP projects. They will share with audience interim results and contribute to awareness rising of importance of soft projects for the Danube region. Discussion with participants should contribute to better implementation of the ongoing projects and as guidance for preparing new project proposals.

14.00–16.00 S4: The future of rail passenger transport in the Danube region 

The aim of this session is to offer an opportunity for the experts and interested stakeholders in the field of multimodal transport and rail passenger transport to present results of their activities and results achieved over the last years. The session/workshop will also enable participants to be­come acquainted with the work of others, to promote further development by means of discussion and comments, and to profit from making new personal contacts. Overall the Conference will help to define new directions for improved rail passenger transport services.

16.00–16.30 Coffee Break

16.30 – 17.30 S5: Euro – Asian Transport Links:  Importance for the Danube Region

Trade flows between Europe and Asia are getting bigger every year giving the Euro-Asian Transport Links a paramount importance. Identified Euro-Asian routes are intermodal and this requires effective interfaces between transport modes. More efficient connectivity will allow transport operators to optimize the performance of combined rail, inland waterway and road modes within the existing Euro-Asian routes.

Where stands the Danube region? Is it to be bypassed or become one of major section on the route? 

17.30 Closure of the first day

19.00–21.30 Networking Dinner

DAY 2: Wednesday, 5 December 2018

08.30–09.00 Registration


09.00 - 13.00 WS 3: Road Safety in the Danube region with focus on strategy and policy making for safer roads

The aim of the session is to discuss how the global targets to improve road safety in the Danube region can be developed. In addition the latest national developments in preparing road safety strategy, to be in line with SDG target defined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, will be discussed. Focus will be on safer road infrastructure. Experts and delegates from the Danube region countries, the EU Member States and representatives of relevant international institutions or/and organisations will discuss the road safety trends and way to be taken to save lives.

09.00 - 13.00 WS 4: Challenges of Air transport in the Danube region 

Bringing together airport stakeholders from across the Danube region will enable access to the latest information within the air industry. The Danube region air transport development objectives and challenges will be addressed. Participants will be able to network with experts and colleagues, strengthen relations and have possibility to express their say in debates.

13.00 Closure of the Conference

13.00 – 14.30 Buffet Lunch

14.30 The End of the Day 2 / The End of the Conference

IMPORTANT: Conference language is English. No interpretation available!