Programm – Monday, 27 November 2023

9.00 a.m.

Registration of the conference participants

Ursulinenhof, 2nd floor (Landstraße 31, 4020 Linz)

10.00 a.m.

Opening & Welcome

The 27. International Danube Navigation and Tourism Conference will be opened by moderator Tarek Leitner.

  • Welcoming words by KommR Markus Achleitner, Provincial Councillor for Economy and Tourism of the Province of Upper Austria and Klaus Luger, Mayor of the City of Linz
  • Welcoming words by Ambassador Dr. Martin Eichtinger, Special Envoy and Coordinator for Neighborhood Policy and the Foreign Policy Dimension of the Danube Region, BMEIA
  • Welcoming words by Mag. Ulrike Rauch-Keschmann, Head of the Directorate General for Tourism at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy

10.40 a.m

Greeting Message

Dr. Johannes Hahn, EU-Commissioner

11.00 a.m.

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region: Priorities of the Austrian Presidency 2023/24

Ambassador Dr. Harald Stranzl, National Coordinator EU Danube Region & EU Alpine Region Strategy, BMEIA

11.15 a.m.

Current developments in the field of the Danube Strategy - Priority Area PA 1a - Danube Navigation

DI Markus Simoner, Head of Department W2 Shipping - Nautical and Technical at the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

11.30 a.m.


Irina Cozma, member of the coordination team of the EUSDR PA3 project CLOSE

12.00 p.m.

Networking Coffee & Table Fair

12.30 p.m.

Development of the shore-side power supply along the Austrian Danube

Dr. Harald Beutl, Head of the Real Estate Development viadonau - Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft m.b.H.

12.50 p.m.

Moderated discussion panel on the topic of shore-side power

  • DI Andreas Reinhardt, MBA, Linz AG
  • Mag. Florian Tatzber, EVN
  • Stephan Zeiner, Wien Energie
  • Arno Reitsma, IG Rivercruise
  • Christoph Kreuzinger, Würzburger Hafen GmbH

1.30 p.m.


Restaurant Stadtliebe (ground floor Ursulinenhof)

2.45 p.m.

Pilot for flexible and climate change-adapted low water regulation

Michael Kalb, Technician Waterway Management viadonau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft m.b.H.

3.30 p.m.

Pathways to net zero

Sascha Gill, Vice-President for Environment and Sustainability at Cruise Lines International Association

4.15 – 5.00 p.m.

Networking Coffee & Table Fair

6.30 p.m.

Festive opening evening "Welcome to Planet Linz"

with Mayor Klaus Luger

at the invitation of the City of Linz and Linz Tourism at the Brucknerhaus (Untere Donaulände 7, 4010 Linz) 

9.30 p.m.

Bar Tour with Austria Guides (optional)

starting from the Brucknerhaus