Good navigation status

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One of the objectives of the Trans‐European Transport Network (TEN‐T) is to ensure that European waterways are well integrated in the European transport system, promoting as much as possible inland navigation as a sustainable transport mode.

The TEN‐T Guidelines stipulate that, by 2030, navigable waterways of European interest have to achieve "good navigation status (GNS)". This means that these waterways have to help in reaching the full potential of inland navigation in Europe. However, the TEN‐T Guidelines do not provide a definition for "good navigation status".

The European Commission asked a consortium of viadonau, departement Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken Vlaanderen, STC-Nestra, Planco and INE to define the "Good Navigation Status" concept together with the member states, river commissions and users before the end of 2017. 

 

Current status of reflection 

> Draft GNS guidelines (June 2017)
> Second discussion paper (September 2016)
First discussion paper (May 2016)

 

Task reports 

> Task 2 report : Approaches towards a Good Navigation Status on European Inland Waterways
> Task 3 report : Specification GNS requirements

 

Meetings

> Joint Statement meeting, 12 September 2017, Zagreb
    - Presentation

> 2nd Working Group meeting, 12 July 2017, Brussels
    - Meeting Report
    - Presentation GNS and the WFD
    - Presentation GNS study

Annual Meeting BLN Schuttevaer, 17 December 2016, Papendrecht
   - Presentation  

UNECE 60th working party on IWT, 2 November 2016, Geneva
   - Presentation  

Expert users meeting, 13 October 2016, Brussels
   - Presentation 
   - Minutes

Joint Statement meeting, 15 September 2016, Budapest
   - Presentation

1st Working Group meeting, 20 June 2016, Rotterdam
   - Presentation
   - Minutes

Regional workshops

East-West region, 17 October 2016, Berlin
   - Presentation experts
   - Presentation consortium study
   - Minutes

Rhine region, 16 September 2016, Strasbourg
   - Presentation experts
   - Presentation consortium study
   - Minutes

Danube region, 14 September 2016, Budapest
   - Presentation consortium
   - Minutes

Nordic countries, 7 September 2016, Klaipeda
   - Presentation experts
   - Presentation consortium study
   - Minutes



 

Note : contributions represent expert opinion and are not official member state statements

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Ongoing study to define the Good Navigation Status concept together with member states, river commissions and users.