Expected outcomes and durability

Core outputs are the integrated strategy for functional specialisation in the Danube logistic chain; the Local Action Plans based on this strategy with concrete feasibility elements; and also the policy recommendations with mainstreaming guidelines for inland waterway transport (IWT) development with the aim of presenting concrete investment opportunities as well as financial and policy frameworks to achieve these.

Regarding financial sustainability of project outcomes, the core outputs will set the ground for acquiring funding for concrete future investments from available financing instruments.

Political sustainability will be achieved through improved national policies. Work towards strategy development is supported by an ongoing process of stakeholder engagement, for the purpose of continuously soliciting inputs from policy making, industry and professional organisations. Also, stakeholder debates on multi-modal cargo transport development will be generated, an important element of which is the Brussels Briefing, a high-level EU policy discussion with the aim of soliciting high level political support for the implementation of the strategy. Policy discussion at all levels is enhanced through policy recommendations for IWT development. To further strengthen political commitment to the results achieved, a Joint Convention on the establishment of a logistical network of Danube ports will be signed by PPs' decision-makers.

Institutional sustainability and efficient transferability is ensured by DaHar primarily being a project embedded in ongoing initiatives and existing networks of inland navigation. Policy and financial frameworks for harmonised port development to be elaborated by DaHar will have implications for the sustainable development of waterway transport network. Furthermore, the DaHar Support Forums are expected to continue functioning after project lifetime, as platforms to bring together relevant national level stakeholders. 

As an important final phase of implementation, the integrated DaHar strategy and the Local Action Plans will be converted into policy recommendations with clear policy messages and mainstreaming guidelines for IWT development, to be presented at the Brussels Briefing and final conference, two significant, high level policy discussion forums and stakeholder events. The aim is to present concrete investment opportunities to be financed through potential financing instruments, and also policy frameworks to support future investments.

As a final act, at the final event SC members of the partner organisations will sign a Joint Convention on the establishment of a logistical network of Danube ports, as a symbolic expression of their commitment to DaHar results event after the project's lifetime.