News

Meeting with Ministry of Transport of Romania [26.02.2019]

The Ministry of Transport of Romania hosted the meeting on «Status of the FAST Danube project» on 26th February 2019. The Agenda included the topics as follows: project status and calendar for implementation, EIA procedure and the critical issues (contract prolongation, cooperation with other Romanian and Bulgarian Ministries and Authorities, data availability, etc.). As the stakeholder’s engagement represents a priority for AFDJ and for the Consultant, that meeting represented a real opportunity for all participants (Ministry of Transport, Jaspers, AFDJ, Consultant) not only to discuss about the status of the FAST Danube project, but also about the critical issues and more, to find together the best solutions for the FAST Danube project progress.

Meeting in Brussels [13.02.2019]

13th February 2019 – EAEMDR, AFDJ and the Consultant met the INEA’s representatives in Brussels. The meeting was a follow-up to the one organized with DG ENV from Romania and Bulgaria in February 2018 at INEA.
Participants (DG MOVE, DG ENV, INEA, AFDJ, JACOBS, WWF, EPC) discussed the status of the FAST Action (2014-EU-TMC-0297-S) and, in particular, the MCA non-technical summary (including the preliminary environmental assessment) and the preferred options. That meeting was important to ensure that the future phases of the EIA procedures were able to be completed by end June 2020 as per Grant Agreement.

Field survey activities [09.02.2019 – 10.02.2019]

During February 2019 a team of experts from EPC Consultanta de mediu carried out new field survey activities on the Romanian Danube River bank on the following sectors:

  • Corabia critical points;
  • Bechet critical points.

The scope of the surveys was to collect information on habitats, flora, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds (last nesting, autumn migration) and mammals.

Workshop «Options Appraisal / Selection» [20.09.2018]

AFDJ Galati, through Halcrow Romania SRL as Consultant in the project Technical Assistance for Revising and Complementing the Feasibility Study regarding the Improvement of Navigation Conditions on the Romanian-Bulgarian Common Sector of the Danube and Complementary Studies – FAST DANUBE, held the Workshop on «Options Appraisal / Selection» on 20th September 2018, in Bucharest – Minerva Hotel. The Agenda of the Workshop included four sessions, as follows:

  • Initial option preferences, morphological (Prof. Colin Thorne from Nottingham University has an intervention via Skype)
  • Revised options, modelling
  • Multi-criteria analysis: introductory session
  • Multi-criteria analysis: interactive session
  • Consensus view on long term sustainable options

The large number of participants (42) shows a great deal of interest in this workshop, respectively in FAST Danube project.

Working Group Skype Meetings [14.09.2018 – 17.09.2018]

In advance of the workshop on «Options Appraisal / Selection» (20 Sep’18) two Working Group Skype Meetings were held:

  • Environmental / Social and Sturgeon / Fish Working Groups – 11:00 to 13:00 (2 hours – RO time), Friday 14th September 2018
  • Modelling / Morphology and Technical Solutions Working Groups – 11:00 to 13:00 (2 hours – RO time), Monday 17th September 2018

These Skype Meetings were an opportunity for all participants (NGOs, Jaspers, Consultant etc) to discuss the environmental studies in progress and the revised options that were under appraisal. In both Skype Meetings the Consultant gave an introduction to the «Multi-Criteria Analysis» that was the central part of the project workshop set up for 20th September 2018.

In advance of the workshop on «Options Appraisal / Selection» (20 Sep’18) two Working Group Skype Meetings were held:

  • Environmental / Social and Sturgeon / Fish Working Groups – 11:00 to 13:00 (2 hours – RO time), Friday 14th September 2018
  • Modelling / Morphology and Technical Solutions Working Groups – 11:00 to 13:00 (2 hours – RO time), Monday 17th September 2018

These Skype Meetings were an opportunity for all participants (NGOs, Jaspers, Consultant etc) to discuss the environmental studies in progress and the revised options that were under appraisal. In both Skype Meetings the Consultant gave an introduction to the «Multi-Criteria Analysis» that was the central part of the project workshop set up for 20th September 2018.