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Transdanube.Pearls: 4th Partner Meeting in Vukovar, Croatia

04.05.2018
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Over 30 people attended the latest meeting of the transnational Transdanube.Pearls project in the small but fascinating Croatian town of Vukovar on 21-22 March 2018 to discuss the project’s progress, goals and next steps. The EuroVelo team is to undertake a route survey of the Danube Cycle Path, which is a part of EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea, as part of this project.

The partners at the meeting gave an overview of what has happened so far in the different work packages and what still needs to be done. The meeting was hosted perfectly by the City of Vukovar and included a boat trip on the Danube on a solar boat, highlighting the project’s ambitions in terms of sustainability.

It quickly became clear that many partners are interested in improving the offers and infrastructure available to cyclists. They want to set up bike sharing, rental, carriage or parking systems, and some pilot activities have already been established.

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The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) has been contracted by the project partner West Pannon to do a route survey of the German, Austrian, Slovakian, Hungarian and Romanian sections of EuroVelo 6, which connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Black Sea. The route survey to be carried out by the ECF will provide an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of this section of the route, allowing the partners to improve their parts of the route and better promote its strengths. It will provide a snapshot of the route’s infrastructure, services, signing, public transport offers and promotion.

The Danube region is a very promising tourism destination in Europe, and transnational cooperation will be conducive to attracting more tourists. The project specifically aims to strengthen sustainable tourism along the Danube and to establish a string of “Pearls”, i.e. particularly precious and tourist-friendly cities, regions and destinations along the river. A welcome side-effect is increased cooperation between the regions when it comes to transnational tourism.

For more information about the TransDanube.Pearls project, please visit the website. This project is financially supported by the EU – Interreg Danube Transnational Programme.