The Communication on European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (Document COM(2010) 715, 8 December 2010) features three exemplary targetsfor EUSDR Pillar 1 (Connecting the Danube Region) which are of relevance for EUSDR Priority Area 1b: To improve mobility and multimodality-road, rail and air links.
The Priority Area 1b Steering Group amended these three exemplary targets so that the final wordings of exemplary targets for EUSDR Priority Area 1b are as follows:
– Improved travel times for competitive railway passenger connections between major cities;
– Implementation of the 4 Rail Freight Corridors crossing the Danube Region as planned within 3 or 5 years and possible inclusion of a new corridor with added value of linking together the EU and non-EU member states' railway systems;
– Development of efficient multimodal terminals at Danube river ports and dry ports to connect inland waterways with rail and road transport by 2020.
In addition to targets the Action Plan (SEC (2010) 1489 final, 8 December 2010) accompanying the Strategy identifies seven actions relevant to road, rail and air transport.
Action (1) - “To bring to completion the TEN-T (rail and road) Priority Projects crossing the Danube Region, overcoming the difficulties and the bottlenecks including environmental, economic and political, particularly in the cross-border sections”.
Action (2) - “To implement the Rail Freight Corridors forming part of the European rail network for competitive freight”.
Action (3) - “To enhance cooperation between air traffic stakeholders in order to prepare a plan to implement shorter plane routes”.
Action (4) - “To ensure sustainable metropolitan transport systems and mobility”.
Action (5) - “To improve the regional/ local cross-border infrastructure and the access to rural areas”.
Action (6) - “To develop further nodal planning for multimodality”.
Action (7) - “To develop further Intelligent Traffic Systems by using environmental friendly technologies, especially in urban regions”.