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On 11 April 2019, the European Commission presented the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Building Blocks at the event Danube Ports in the Digital Age: Challenges & Opportunities in Vienna, Austria.

The digitalisation of Danube ports’ businesses processes affects various aspects of a port's administration and organisation. In maritime transport, actors increasingly submit, manage and store notifications, declarations, certifications, requests and service orders in electronic, rather than paper, format. Digitalisation also means facilitating the recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation through information systems, or supporting vessel tracking & tracing. Nevertheless, close to 99% of freight transport operations within the EU still use paper documents. This translates to 380 million hours in total spent processing paper based transport information (total EU, 2018 estimate).