Inland waterway transport needs investment

In its opinion adopted at the January plenary, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) supports transport multimodality and smart shipping, pointing out that inland waterway transport is essential for the future and needs to be maintained and developed.
The EU needs to continuously adapt European transport to current and future needs, especially in view of the changes in demand and the upwards trend in seaport turnover. The key features must be the principle of multimodality and smart shipping, i.e. tapping into the advantages of the various modes of transport to achieve the best possible results, while at the same time increasing safety and reducing the environmental burden.