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József NémethThe river Danube in Hungary is a total of 417 km in length. 142 km of this make up the natural border between Hungary and Slovakia. There is a long history of cooperation between Slovak and Hungarian water experts in order to counteract flood damage and its impact on the local residents and to minimize the flow of destruction.

In May 2010 The Danube subcommittee of the Hungarian-Slovak Transboundary Water Commission together with the other organizations involved, decided to submit the tender ’Rehabilitation of Flood Plains along the shared Danube section in order to strengthen flood protection and to increase the ecological values of the river’ in the framework of the Hungary-Slovakia Cross-border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013.

The partners involved in the implementation of the project are The Northern Transdanubian Water Authority Board( Észak-dunántúli Vízügyi Igazgatóság,abbreviated: ÉDUVIZIG) the Slovak Water Research Institute (Výskumný ústav vodného hospodárstva, abbreviated:VÚVH), also, as a cross-border leading partner the Slovak Water Authority Board  Company(Slovenský vodohospodársky podnik, štátny podnik, abbreviated: SVP) and the Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management Department of Budapest University of Technology and Economics. (BME VVT)

The main objective of the project is the analysis of flood safety and the river’s ecological potential. ÉDUVIZIG and SVP as the hosts of the shared river section are responsible for its management and flood protection.  VÚVH and  BME VVT have academic and professional experience in hydrodynamic and morphologic research.
The aim of the project is to prepare a study in order to ensure long-term flood protection and prevention, increase flood safety and decrease the negative impact of flooding on society and the economy. In addition, the measures designed will improve the ecological condition of the river Danube.
József Németh
Director
North Transdanubian Water Directorate