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.
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.