European Inland Waterway Transport Platform

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What is IWT?

The joint “European Inland Waterway Transport Platform” (IWT) was established in 2018 thanks to continuous efforts of the European Barge Union (EBU) and the European Skippers Organization (ESO). The two associations representing the interests of “Inland Shipping Entrepreneurs”, succeeded in having EC regulation 718/1999 amended.

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In practice this means that since mid 2014 the fund originally intended to be used for Community- fleet capacity policy can also be utilized to adapt vessels to technical progress, including higher environmental standards. At the same time the amended regulation allows EBU and ESO to strengthen and to mitigate fragmentation.

The European IWT Platform is a separate legal entity coordinated by the two associations EBU and ESO and it strengthens the industry by participating pro-actively in the decision-making processes related to the areas covered by IWT’s Committees.  The platform, which brings together relevant expertise from both EBU and ESO, is based in Brussels close to the heart of European IWT policy making.

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What is IWT?

The joint platform” European IWT Platform” was established in 2018 thanks to continuous efforts of EBU and ESO. The two associations representing the interests of ” Inland Shipping Enterpreneurs “, succeeded in having EC regulation 718/1999 amended.

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In practice this means that since mid 2014 the fund originally intended to be used for Community- fleet capacity policy can also be used to adapt vessels to technical progress, including higher environmental standards. At the same time the amended regulation allows EBU and ESO to strengthen and to mitigate fragmentation.

The European IWT Platform is a separate legal entity coordinated by the two associations EBU and ESO and it strengthenes the industry by participating pro-actively in the decision-making processes related to the areas covered by IWT’s Committees.  The platform, which brings together relevant expertise from both EBU and ESO, is based in Brussels, close to the heart of European IWT policy making.

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Stay safe: avoid accidents

28 October 2020|News|

Introduction: On a European level, we want to prevent accidents. This requires more than just technical investments, as the human factor plays an important role in these incidents. We believe that the current reaction [...]

Inland Waterway Transport:
Rivers of opportunities to deliver

The European Inland Waterway Transport Platform (IWT) together with the European Barge Union (EBU) and the European Skippers Organization (ESO) published the leaflet “Inland Waterway Transport: Rivers of opportunities to deliver” to summarize the mission of the Inland waterway transport sector.

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Annual report 2019

What difference did IWT makes last year? How have the team experienced the past year? The European IWT platform is excited to release the Annual Report 2019.

View our digital agenda

IWT meetings and upcoming events where we will participate.

Press Releases

Do you want to know more about Inland Navigation in European and National Transport Policies?

Annual report 2019

What difference did IWT makes last year? How have the team experienced the past year? The European IWT platform is excited to release the Annual Report 2019.