Official presentation of BRCCI to the General Assembly of Pro Danube International

On March 16, 2018, the Annual General Assembly of Pro Danube International (PDI) Austria – partner of the Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber in the DANTE project – was held in Vienna and was attended by Mrs. Eleonora Ivanova, Chair of the Managing Board of the Chamber.

We remind you that the Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry joined PDI in February of this year and has become part of the network of organizations and private enterprises working to achieve better infrastructure and services along the Danube.

The first official session started with greetings from the organizers: Mr. Manfred Seitz, General Secretary of Pro Danube International and Mr. Michael Fazekas – Executive Director of the Southeast European Cooperation Initiative. Ms Vera Hofbauer, Head of the High Authority for Shipping at the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, congratulated the participants on behalf of the Austrian Minister of Transport and presented the Danube waterway as “an important element of the transport policy and part of the Austrian Presidency of the EU “.

Mr. Gilles Bergot, Vice-President of the Mobility and Transport Committee, spoke about the activities of the European Commission and in particular the Mobility Directorate to facilitate navigation on the Danube as part of the European Inland Waterway Transport Policy. In addition, Serbia’s Deputy Transport Minister, Mr. V. Kovacevic, presented the possibilities for restoration and modernization of the inland waterway transport. Mr. Tivicic, CEO of Port Administration, Constanta, introduced the investment plans and projects for cementing the Constanta port as the main logistics center for the Danube region.

The meeting continued with the presentation of the Master Plan for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the Danube Fairway and its tributaries as well as an overview of Pro Danube International’s (PDI) current projects and its future partnership with the Southeast European Cooperation Initiative.

A report on Pro Danube International’s activities for 2017 was presented during the second closed session of the meeting, as well as the program for 2018. As Chair of the Managing Board of the Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Eleonora Ivanova received the opportunity to briefly present the organization to the other members of the PDI network – affiliated organizations, companies and shipowners’ associations, domestic carriers, port operators from Austria, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, Belgium, Holland and others.

The next General Assembly will be held on May 8th, 2019 in Vienna.

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