ESC is involved in a couple of research projects funded by the European Commission. On this page we provide a brief overview of these projects, including links to further information.

PERMAGOV is funded under the EU Horizon Europe research and innovation programme (HORIZON-CL6-2022-GOVERNANCE-01-03) under grant agreement No. 101086297. It runs over 4 years from 1 January 2023 until 31 December 2026.

PERMAGOV sets out to improve EU marine governance so that it can better meet the goals and objectives established in the European Green Deal. The current largely fragmented nature of marine governance needs to evolve toward a more cross-cutting and agile arrangement, one that is in sync with wider developments taking place at sea, at shores and on land. PERMAGOV will achieve that by piloting a novel multi-level governance approach for various regional seas and national waters around Europe, targeting four areas of key importance to sustainable development: marine energy, maritime transport, marine life, and marine plastics.

ENTRANCE is a Horizon 2020 funded ‘Coordination and support action’ which brings together 15 partners from 8 European countries. It runs over three years, started 1 January 2021 and is coordinated by the Italian company CIAOTECH.

PLATINA3 is a Horizon 2020 funded EU ‘Coordination and support action’ which centres around inland navigation and waterways. It provides targeted coordination and support activities to promote Inland Waterways Transport (IWT) in Europe and it is the successor of previous projects PLATINA and PLATINA II which provided implementation support to the European Commission for the NAIADES I and II action programmes to support IWT.

PLATINA3 runs over 30 months, commencing 1 January 2021 and comprises 13 partners from six European countries. The project is coordinated by the Dutch IWT organisation ‘Stichting Projecten Binnenvaart’.

PLANET is a Horizon 2020 (H2020) project which started on 1 June 2020 and runs for three years until 31 May 2023. PLANET addresses the challenges of assessing the impact of emerging global trade corridors on the TEN-T network and ensuring effective integration of the European to the Global Network by focusing in two key R&D pillars, namely a geo-economics approach, and an EU-Global network enablement through disruptive concepts and technologies (IoT, Blockchain and PI, 5G, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles /automation, hyperloop).

FENIX was a 4 year long Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) project aiming to support the development, validation and deployment of the digital information systems along the EU transport Core Network.

There were 43 partners from 11 European countries in FENIX who are representing the logistics community of shippers, logistics service providers, mobility infrastructure providers, cities, and authorities.

11 pilot sites rolled out in 9 European countries and further developed the work conducted under Living Labs in AEOLIX and SELIS projects by structuring the actors and services according to corridors.