The Greco-Yugoslav Committee for the study of the Danube-Aegean navigable waterways met in Salonika on Wednesday (23 April) in the presence of UN representatives.
SV Members of Greco-Yugoslav coordinating committee for the study of the Danube-Agean navigable waterways meeting in Salonika (7 shots)
LV PAN Axios River and banks
LV Bridge across the Axios River
SV PAN Weir (2 shots)
GV Weir PAN TO riverbank
LV PAN Riverbank and bridge on Axios
LS River Axios
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Background: The Greco-Yugoslav Committee for the study of the Danube-Aegean navigable waterways met in Salonika on Wednesday (23 April) in the presence of UN representatives. The first part of the study has already been drafted by United Nations experts. An agreement on the Danube-Aegean canal scheme would give many Central European countries an outlet to the Aegean and Mediterranean.
SYNOPSIS: If the Greco-Yugoslav Coordinating Committee can agree on a scheme linking the Danube and the Axios River the future of European inland navigation will be greatly enhanced. A Rhine-Main-Danube canal link is already under construction. A report prepared by the Secretariat of the UN Economic commission for Europe (ECE) envisages waterways linking the North Sea, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, the Baltic, the white Sea and the Aegean. The study suggests that the expansion and improvement of inland navigation would result in more intensive and efficient use of Europe's navigable waterways.
The Axios River springs from Yugoslavia and flows through Greece to the Aegean. Eleven percent of Yugoslavia's total goods traffic is currently transported on waterways. If a canal were built to link the Axios and the Danube this percentage would increase, and trade between Central European countries and nations bordering the Aegean would be encouraged. Considerable technical progress in equipment for inland waterway use significantly increases the potential vessel carrying capacity, and new craft for sea and river service and container traffic have been designed.
New developments when used on modernised canals enable inland navigation to become an efficient and cheap form of transport. Wednesday's (23 April) talks also represent further progress towards closer Balkan cooperation.