EUSDR priority area 1a – Waterways Mobility aims at improving mobility and multimodality on inland waterways of the Danube Region. Considering that more than 3,000 cargo vessels are operating in Danube countries and the Danube cruise fleet grew by 182 vessels from 2004 to 2017, reaching 346 active cruise vessels, Europe has the largest river cruise fleet in the world.
Therefore, people living along the Danube are confronted with air, water and noise pollution. Also the need of refuelling the ships means a constant supply and storage of large quantities of fossil fuels in the ports along the river.
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