EU Naiades action plan in a nutshell <

Sunday 05 Jan 2014 / Gerelateerde tags: Policy EU Transport 


The European Commission aims to promote and develop inland waterway transport in the transport system as part of its policy goal of shifting transport to low-energy, low-carbon and safer transport modes.

The 1st Naiades action plan (2006-2013) resulted in systematic market observation, the extension of de minimis to waterway transport, a revision of the fuel quality directive and low-sulphur fuel, better inclusion in the European infrastructure plans and the appointment of an infrastructure coordinator for inland waterways, a funding handbook, multi-disciplinary project planning and better promotion of the transport mode.

The 2nd Naiades action plan (2014-2020) should raise the quality of inland waterway transport in terms of governance, harmonisation of safety standards and education, increase of environmental standards and integration with other modes of transport.

Shifting freight transport to waterway transport and on reducing waterway transport emissions
Governance  Streamlining and harmonisation of regulation (2013)
Efficiency & Safety Innovation roadmap by the sector (2014)
Consultation on infrastructure charging for internalization of external costs (2014)
Technical requirements review for cost and safety efficiencies (2014)
Analysis barriers for development inland ports (2016)

Integration into the intermodal chain

Infrastructure corridor implementation (2014)
RIS review and best practice (2014-2015)
Broad data integration (2017)
Environmental standards Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure (2013)
Amending regulation on Community fleet capacity policy (2013)
Adapting UNECE regulation allowing carriage and fueling of LNG (2014)
Regulation emission limits new engines (2014)
Analysis emission limits existing engines (2015-2016)
Secure financial support
Education and performance Harmonisation and modernisation of professional qualifications (2014)


You can keep track of the implementation of the Naiades 2 action plan via and have your say via the Naiades dialogue.

INE strongly advocated the continuity of the EU Naiades policy. The 1st action plan (2006-2013) was certainly not perfect, but it had the strong merit to have increased awareness across the EU by creating a coherent policy in addressing waterway development beyond technical matters. A dedicated policy has greatly helped to integrate waterway transport in other important EU policy plans.

Continuity for European inland waterway policy is important. Even more, in times of crisis, we need ambition. Today traffic jams already cost 130 billion euros a year or 1% of the EU GDP. The EU wants to reduce this impressive number by moving 30% of road traffic to alternative modes by 2030 and 50% by 2050.

The successful implementation of the 2nd Naiades action plan depends on the financial and human resources to realize it. For the 1st Naiades action plan, the Commission acknowledged dedicated resources were lacking. It is crucial to avoid this from happening again.

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