This study was enabled and entirely supported by the European Investment Bank (EIB) technical assistance/grant. 

A very special gratitude goes out to all the EIB Board of Directors for approval of the study and the personnel of the EIB’s Projects Directorate, in particular Ms Inge Vermeersch, Mr. Jose Rino and Mr. Vigo Legzdins.  We are also grateful to the EIB consultant Mr. Ahmed Shaukat for assistance and for comments that greatly improved the content of the study.

We would also like to show our gratitude to the PA1b Steering Group members and all national experts from the 14 Danube macro-region countries who gave necessary country project data.

We are using this opportunity to express our thanks to Ms Silvia Maffii and Mr. Marco Brambilla from the TRT Transporti e Territorio srl consulting company who has been selected by the EIB in response to a call-off of the Mobility Framework Agreement, to perform this study. 

And finally, last but by no means least, we are thankful to everyone who supported this Study throughout the process of initiating it and throughout the course of its implementation. We are thankful for their aspiring guidance, invaluably constructive criticism and friendly advices.

Thank you very much indeed!

EUSDR PA1b Priority Area Coordinators (PACs):   

Franc Žepič, Secretary, 

Ministry of Infrastructure, Slovenia

Miodrag Poledica, State Secretary, 

Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Serbia

The Transport Study for the Danube macro-region:

This study has been conceived for the EU Strategy, the Priority Area 1b: “To Improve Mobility and Multimodality – Road, Rail and Air links”. The EU Strategy tackles mobility challenges and identifies opportunities to support the development of transport networks within the Danube Macro-Region, whose geographical scope embraces fourteen countries (The Danube region covers parts of 9 EU countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia and 5 non-EU countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine).

Mobility challenges at stake consist of multimodality improvement, better interconnection amongst the modes and modernisation and extension of infrastructure networks. In this respect, the opportunities rely on the potential to improve coordination, cooperation and co-action between the Danube Macro-Region countries.

The study encompassed three main activities: (i) an extensive review of the existing studies, plans and strategies and databases to collect information on the transport sectors, projections as well as proposed transport projects; (ii) split of the Danube Macro-Region in a number of Functional Regions; and (iii) the selection of a minimum of 20 transport projects covering all the identified Functional Regions.