The Urban Mobility Days 2022 will be held on 20-22 September in the city of Brno, Czech Republic and jointly organised by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility & Transport (DG MOVE) and the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU.

This year’s theme is ‘Moving people and goods more sustainably’. Cities face critical challenges on the path to sustainable mobility, yet they also hold the keys to action. More than 70% of Europeans live in cities, and urban areas account for around 23% of the EU’s GHG transport emissions. At the same time, European cities are home to some of the most innovative and bold solutions for both passenger and freight transit.

For more information, visit the website.

The PLATINA3 – 4th Stage Event will take place on 7 & 8 June 2022 as an online event hosted by the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) with English as working language.

It will provide a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, learn more about the latest developments and upcoming challenges and contribute to shaping policy of Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) in Europe.

You will be able to follow several keynote speeches by IWT specialists from the European Commission, policy makers of different horizons, and the business community, on the following themes:

  • Policy and regulatory actions encouraging and facilitating the use of IWT
  • Funding and financing the energy transition for the European IWT fleet
  • Barriers to infrastructure implementation and proposed solutions


The PLATINA3 4th stage event will be entirely designed as an online interactive event. It will enable valuable and forward-looking exchanges on major items of common interest between experts from the business sector, associations, institutions, international organisations, and other key stakeholders from the IWT community.

The official programme of the sessions will be announced shortly, in the meantime you can already register for the event.

EFIP, INE and the Inland Waterway Transport sector have formulated a joint position on the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation.

The main proposals from the EFIP 2020 Position Paper on the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive, a goal-based solution and a corridor approach, are reflected in the published AFIR proposal. By not favouring specific fuels/energy sources, the sustainable fuel market can develop following the users’ needs while the relevant infrastructure can be deployed as needed along the corridors.

In order to support the sustainable transition of the sector, the AFIR needs to go further than it does in its current wording. The statement advocates that battery, hydrogen and other sustainable fuels infrastructure are deployed along a corridor approach.

The European Commission adopted the Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1118 on the Seine – Scheldt cross-border project, part of the North Sea – Mediterranean and Atlantic Core Network Corridors in June 2019.

The signature of this implementing act reinforces the commitment of the European Commission, in agreement with the European Parliament and the Council, with the involved Member States, for the creation of the Seine-Scheldt link.

This new step forward secures the financing of the Seine-Nord Europe canal, the central link of the future network, over and above the commitments already made up to 2022.

The European Union already provides significant financial support to the Seine-Scheldt project through the Seine-Scheldt 2014-2020 financing agreement, which is part of the European Interconnection Facility (EIM), and linking the French Republic, the Flemish and Walloon Regions of Belgium and the European Agency for Infrastructure Networks (INEA). It amounts to 50% of the cost of the studies and 40% of the works.

The EU will now be able to finance up to 50% of the cost of the works The Seine-Scheldt network (1100 km long) includes the construction of the Seine-Nord Europe canal, an essential link to connect the large gauge network of Île-de-France and the ports of Rouen and Le Havre to Northern Europe and the ports of Dunkirk. It will be a powerful factor of economic development and jobs.

The Société du Canal Seine-Nord Europe, brings together the French national and local authorities and is in charge of carrying out the Seine Nord Europe Canal project.

The Urban Mobility Days 2022 will be held on 20-22 September in the city of Brno, Czech Republic and jointly organised by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility & Transport (DG MOVE) and the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU.

This year’s theme is ‘Moving people and goods more sustainably’. Cities face critical challenges on the path to sustainable mobility, yet they also hold the keys to action. More than 70% of Europeans live in cities, and urban areas account for around 23% of the EU’s GHG transport emissions. At the same time, European cities are home to some of the most innovative and bold solutions for both passenger and freight transit.

For more information, visit the website.

The PLATINA3 – 4th Stage Event will take place on 7 & 8 June 2022 as an online event hosted by the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) with English as working language.

It will provide a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, learn more about the latest developments and upcoming challenges and contribute to shaping policy of Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) in Europe.

You will be able to follow several keynote speeches by IWT specialists from the European Commission, policy makers of different horizons, and the business community, on the following themes:

  • Policy and regulatory actions encouraging and facilitating the use of IWT
  • Funding and financing the energy transition for the European IWT fleet
  • Barriers to infrastructure implementation and proposed solutions


The PLATINA3 4th stage event will be entirely designed as an online interactive event. It will enable valuable and forward-looking exchanges on major items of common interest between experts from the business sector, associations, institutions, international organisations, and other key stakeholders from the IWT community.

The official programme of the sessions will be announced shortly, in the meantime you can already register for the event.

The third PLATINA3 Stage Event – the Brussels sessions – took place as a virtual meeting on 10 and 11 February 2022.

Over 120 IWT policy-makers of different horizons, professionals from demand and supply side, interested NGOs, research and academic experts participated to discuss the following themes:

  • Inland waterway transport preparing to adapt to a changing climate
  • Modal shift and decarbonisation
  • Towards an EU emission label and energy index for vessels
  • The regulatory pathway towards a zero-emission fleet

Presentations and meeting videos are available on the platina3.eu website.

This event was a collaboration between PLATINA3 partners and hosted by Inland Navigation Europe (INE).

EFIP, INE and the Inland Waterway Transport sector have formulated a joint position on the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation.

The main proposals from the EFIP 2020 Position Paper on the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive, a goal-based solution and a corridor approach, are reflected in the published AFIR proposal. By not favouring specific fuels/energy sources, the sustainable fuel market can develop following the users’ needs while the relevant infrastructure can be deployed as needed along the corridors.

In order to support the sustainable transition of the sector, the AFIR needs to go further than it does in its current wording. The statement advocates that battery, hydrogen and other sustainable fuels infrastructure are deployed along a corridor approach.

INE presents a special edition to celebrate 20 years of INE, in which we look back as well as forward.

20 years ago our first initiatives focused on a dedicated action programme for inland waterway transport and more inland waterways in TEN-T. Today our work is centered on creating fit-for-future infrastructure covering the physical, digital and green energy network.

Founded by 5 members in 2000, INE today counts 17 members from 14 countries which shows the increasing interest in inland waterways across Europe.

The Commission adopted the long awaited Naiades action plan for 2021-2027. It is the follow-up to the 2nd Naiades action programme that ended in 2020. The EU Naiades action plan provides the EU framework to support the development of inland waterway transport. The new action plan fully incorporates the EU Green Deal objectives and the Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy, and aims as such to boost future proof inland waterway transport. Inland waterway transport is considered as an essential tool in the fundamental transformation of the EU transport systems towards zero-emission and multi-modal mobility.

8 Flagships and 35 actions

The two core objectives are:

  • shifting more freight transport to inland waterways
  • setting the sector on an irreversible path to zero-emissions.

These objectives are underpinned by a paradigm shift towards further digitalisation and support to the current and future workforce. Meeting these core objectives will require an integrated approach and a basket of measures incorporating transport, environmental, digital, energy and fiscal policies, backed up with financial incentives. The measures are categorised in 8 flagships and 35 actions. The measures are categorised in 8 flagships and 35 actions.

Modal shift

The EU action plan builds on the EU Green Deal objective to set out decisive action to shift a substantial part of the freight transport to sustainable and less congested transport modes. Inland waterway transport and short-sea shipping volumes should increase by 25% by 2030 and by 50% by 2050. INE is pleased to see the Commission takes the angle of multi-modal logistics within and beyond urban areas in this respect. This will be fully addressed in the revision of the combined transport directive.

Infrastructure

The Commission attaches special attention to fit-for-future infrastructure to optimise navigation, which INE has recommended with its concept for achieving fit-for-future waterways. INE looks forward to the dedicated cooperation framework for inland waterway transport within the revision of the TEN-T Regulation, which will enable Member States to better coordinate cross-border actions and projects. In the revision of TEN-T, the future minimum requirements and the definition of Good Navigation Status will reflect the heterogeneous hydro-morphology and allow a certain degree of flexibility. With regard to the climate proofing guidance, we hope it will ensure an adequate dovetailing of climate and environmental objectives.

Digital transformation

Through the Connecting Europe Facility, the Commission will support measures that help to improve the digital information base of the actual status of the critical waterway locations. Next to the ongoing development of smart infrastructure for better infrastructure management, INE is happy to note that the Directive on River Information Services of 2005 will be finally revised by 2022 and that the Commission will facilitate the elaboration of a holistic view for the sector’s digitalisation and automation. INE refers to its Common Multi-modal Framework for Digitalisation since modal shift requires a multi-modal approach to digitalisation

Green energy

INE is pleased to see that the Commission considers inland ports as key hubs for sustainable mobility and industry, clean energy and circular economy development in a network approach. The transition to a zero-emission fleet is a necessary but tedious task. Next to the legislative measures to help support the business case, it is positive that the upcoming revision of the EU state aid regime will also cover inland waterway transport. Nevertheless, significant financial means from European instruments will be necessary to leverage industry investments and to address the current investment gap towards zero-emission.

Next week, the European Parliament will adopt in the transport committee its own-initiative report on inland waterway transport. The policy recommendations in its draft report are going in the same line of the Commission calling for strong ambition in EU waterway transport policy. We are pleased to see that it calls upon the Commission to mobilise sufficient internal resources to bring the implementation of the new Naiades action programme to a good end.

The implementation of the Naiades action programme is also supported by the PLATINA3 project. The EU-funded PLATINA3 project provides targeted coordination and support activities to promote inland waterway transport (IWT) in Europe and will make the bridge towards future research, innovation and implementation needs within IWT in Europe.

Interesting links of organisations active on the subject of inland waterways transport.


The EU-funded PLATINA3 project kicked off with a targeted event on the key challenges and opportunities in inland navigation such as the transition to zero-emission shipping, the integration of inland navigation into supply chains, and smart waterways and automated navigation. Here you can download the presentations.

The PLATINA3 – IWT policy platform will provide the knowledge base for the implementation of the EU Green Deal in view of further development of the European Commissions’ IWT action plan (NAIADES) towards 2030. Having started in January 2021, the project will run for 30 months. The PLATINA3 consortium aims to improve the impact and broadening stakeholder engagement in support of transport research and innovation.

The project addresses the following priority topics :

  • Integration & digitalisation of IWT in view of modal shift & synchromodality;
  • Zero-emission, automated & climate resilient fleet;
  • Skilled workforce anticipating to zero-emission & automation;
  • Smart & climate resilient waterway and port infrastructure with clean energy hubs.

Stakeholders are invited to participate actively in our series of 6 stage events, each of which will accentuate relevant topics. The next stage event will take place on 19 October. The 3rd stage event is scheduled for early next year.