Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber became an example of good practice in Karlsruhe

On April 23rd and 24th, 2018, the city of Karlsruhe, Germany, hosted the third partnership consortium meeting under project “DANTE – improving the administrative procedures and processes related to the Danube waterway transport”. During the meeting, the activities that have been launched or have already concluded within the individual work packages were discussed and the results of the national roundtables in eight of the Danube countries were taken into account. The information from Bulgaria, related to specific problems and issues concerning the river navigation – border procedures, the introduced electronic document processing system, measures to be coordinated by the respective state institutions – were collected, discussed and presented by the two participants from the Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

As a mediator on the Bulgarian side, the Chamber received gratitude from the partners, and in particular from the representatives of the working groups under Priority Areas PA1a and PA11 (inland waterway transport and security) to the Danube Strategy for the successful co-ordination of all institutions, port authorities and local business representatives, in relation to the introduction of the unified forms for control of vessels on the Danube.

The Chamber was cited as an example of good practice, which was also recommended to other countries.

The DANTE project, initiated by the Austrian network Pro Danube International – Lead Partner and Project Coordinator – and funded under the 2014-2020 Danube Transnational Cooperation Program, is a joint initiative of the private sector and public authorities that aims to identify and eliminate administrative barriers to transport along the Danube and its navigable tributaries.

We would like to remind you that on 19.04.2018, in Ruse, the second work meeting-discussion on shipping issues, organized by the Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry was held as part of the activities under project DANTE.

Many people participated in the discussion: Zhivko Petrov – Executive Director of EA “Maritime Administration”, Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications, Mrs. Eleonora Ivanova – Chair of the Board of the Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as representatives of business and public regulatory bodies – Border Police, Customs Agency, Maritime Administration Agency, Port Authorities, Phytosanitary Bodies, Ship Agents, Tour Operators, Forwarders.

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