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PRIORITY 1 - Increasing competitiveness of the border area

Restoration of the E40 waterway on the Dnieper-Vistula section: from strategy to planning

Lead PartnerRepublican unitary maintenance and construction enterprise (Belarus)

Partnership Association for regional and local development “Progress” (Poland)
Volyn Regional Department of Water Resources and Water Management (Ukraine)
Marshal Office of the Lubelskie Voivodeship in Lublin (Poland)
Local Foundation for Promotion of International Dialogue and Cooperation “Interakcia” (Belarus)
Brest Regional (Oblast) Executive Committee (Belarus)

Total budget912 657.00 €

Programme Contribution821 281.00 €

Duration24 months

Measure1.3. Improving access to the region

Project ref. numberIPBU.01.03.00-60-809/11-00

The project's goal is to contribute to greater economic attractiveness and transport accessibility of the Polish, Belarusian and Ukrainian border regions. The project aims to identify an optimal scenario for the restoration of the E40 waterway, which links the Baltic and Black Seas, by developing a comprehensive feasibility study, establishing a permanent cross-border Commission and promoting the idea of the E40 restoration at national and international levels.

The first session of the cross-border Commission on the development of the E40 waterway was held in March 2014. Among its members are officials, scientists, NGO representatives from Belarus, Poland and Ukraine. In May 2014 a requirements specification for a feasibility study was finalized, and in June a tender on restoration scenarios for the waterway E40 was opened.

Bids will be submitted until the middle of July. Then the winner will embark on preparation of a feasibility study and a restoration scenario. Its final version will be evaluated by the Commission and other international experts in September 2015. Meanwhile, articles about the project already appeared in major media outlets, such as Gazeta Wyborcza. The project was also discussed at Polish Sejm and WaterWays Expo 2014 in Bydgoszcz. Regarding the future results, it is expected that by November 2015 provisions and recommendations of the feasibility study and restoration scenario will be integrated into the E40 development strategies at regional, national and European and international level. This will enable to start planning in earnest construction activities along the E40 waterway. They will be considered at the concluding conference of the project, which is also set for November 2015.

The history of the E40 restoration idea counts more than 200 years. The idea of creating a waterway between the Baltic and the Black Seas was first voiced in 1655 by Jerzy Ossoliński at Sejm of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The actual construction of the water route commenced only in 18th century, amid reforms in the country.

More information: www.e40restoration.eu

11 press releases disseminated by the project: download the zip file (with 11 word files)