Visit of students from the Black Sea National University (Mykolaiv, Ukraine)

On 7 March 2024, a group of students majoring in International Relations at the Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University (Mykolaiv, Ukraine) paid a visit to the Secretariat of the Danube Commission. The visit to the DC headquarters was aimed at introducing the students to the practical workings of the institutions and organizations within international affairs.

The DC Secretariat gave the students a general presentation of the organization’s activities, structure, and responsibilities, as well as a brief historical overview of the international institutions that have had the river Danube as their scope.

The Chief Engineer presented the current undertakings of the organization, highlighting the cooperation with other organizations in the framework of the Danube Solidarity lanes for Ukraine, and also the development of navigation, with a focus on emissions reduction, fleet modernization, and the impact of climate change on Danube navigation.

The Deputy Director for Legal Affairs and Human Resources gave the student an overview of the legal framework and other aspects of the functioning of the organization, in the current international context.

The students also had the opportunity to learn about the involvement of the Danube Commission in projects funded by the European Union, with a focus on the Platina projects, which provide the knowledge base for the implementation of the EU Green Deal in the inland waterway transportation area.

The Ukrainian visitors expressed their gratitude for being able to travel to Budapest and for the opportunity to be welcomed by the Danube Commission, as well as for the very interesting insights into the activities of the international organization and the inspiring exchange of views with the experts of the organization.