Launch of European Inland Waterways Transport Platform

The European Barge Union (EBU) and the European Skippers Organisation (ESO) establish the European Inland Waterways Transport Platform to strengthen the representation of the inland navigation sector at Union level.

The objective of the IWT platform is to carry out a number of tasks to the benefit of the entire sector. The IWT Platform will focus on encouraging innovation on vessels and technical progress following European environmental targets, on improving infrastructure, and on stimulating a modal shift from road to inland waterways among others, in close cooperation with shippers, industry, and authorities.

Nik Delmeire, as the newly-appointed coordinator of the IWT Platform will bring his 30 years experience in logistics, shipping, and manufacturing sectors.

At the launch event on the 21st of January 2019, Director General at the European Commission DG MOVE, Henrik Hololei, emphasised to support Inland Waterway Transport to fully exploit its potential. Inland Waterway Transport is considered as most environmental friendly mode of transport which still disposes of free capacity. The European Commission, after the adoption of conclusions by the Ministers of Transport, will develop a follow-up programme to NAIADES II. This should be launched by the end of 2020.

For more information, please see the IWT Platform press release and the presentation from the launch event.