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Danube Strategy: Transport ministers to cooperate on navigability
At the initiative of the Commission, transport ministers of the riparian states of the Danube met for the first time on 7 June 2012 in Luxembourg and agreed on a declaration reasserting existing obligations to maintain the fairway to a good standard and committing to tackle problems like low water or ice and to coordinate actions through the structures of the Danube Strategy and the Trans-European Transport Network Coordinator for Inland Waterways. The ministers met again in Brussels on 3 December 2014 and agreed on Conclusions endorsing the Master Plan for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the river and its tributaries , In accordance with this plan, the signatories to the Belgrade Convention will put in place from 2015 onwards national actions and cross-border co-ordination procedures to respond to the challenges and re-establish optimal and safe navigation conditions.
The Ministers of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina signed the Conclusions. Serbia has joined its signature to the conclusions at a later stage. Hungary did not yet sign the Conclusions but expressed a message of support and left open the perspective of joining the conclusions later.