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.
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 mitigate fragmentation.
The European IWT Platform is a separate legal entity coordinated by the two associations EBU and ESO. It strengthens the industry by participating proactively 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.