Slovakia Takes the Helm of ICPDR Presidency

PeopleOther ♦ Published: April 9, 2024; 23:54 ♦ (Vindobona)

In the annual transition for the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), Slovakia has officially taken over the presidency from Serbia, marking the beginning of a year dedicated to enhancing the health and sustainability of the Danube River Basin.

The Danube is of great importance for numerous reasons, including environmental, economic, cultural, and geopolitical dimensions, which must be dealt with diplomatically due to the river's international significance. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / Bwag / CC BY-SA 4.0 (

At a ceremonial event in Vienna, the outgoing ICPDR President from Serbia, Bojan Vranjković, passed the baton—or more symbolically, a bottle of Danube water—to Slovakia's Vladimír Novák, the new President for 2024. This exchange not only symbolizes the continuity of leadership and collaboration within the ICPDR but also highlights the shared commitment to the Danube River's…