How It’s Organised

European Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) Platform: how it’s organised

IWT is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of 3 Directors appointed by EBU and 3 Directors appointed by ESO. Additionally , the respective Secretary Generals of the founding associations are appointed as Executive Directors of IWT.

The overall objectives of IWT are clearly reflected and detailed out in the annual workprogrammes. These programmes are prepared by appointed Secretaries, their teammembers and IWT’s coordinator; IWT’s Board approves the workplan.

The Coordinators runs and manages the daily operations, monitors the progress made by the secretaries and is the liason with the Board. Reporting to the Board is done, amongst other means, through regular Boardmeetings.


Since the EC regulation foresees in regular reporting to the European Commission and the involved memberstates and Advisory Board, consisting of representatives of these member states, was established. Regular meeting between IWT’s Board and the Advisory Board take place.

Launch of IWT

Since the launch of IWT platform on 21/1/2019, during which DG Move’s Director General gave an inspiring speech, the IWT platform did not sit still. Indeed, we had regular meetings with the policymakers in DG-MOVE discussing social, environmental, technological and other matters. We actively participated in meetings organised by ALICE and WATERBORNE, driving further research and innovation. And we made clear to the European Commission that we want to be at the forefront in the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF) ; a forum that aims to digitalise all B2B and B2A communication across the whole transportchain

At the same time we contributed (and still are) contributing to the organisation of the upcoming event under the Finnish Presidency to show innovation in our sector in the Port of Brussel on October 16 and are working on a joint IWT & ports sector narrative that soon will be published. Both initiatives are aiming at convincing the “newcomers” in the Commission and Parliament about the potential Inland Waterway shipping has. Outside “Brussels”, IWT took the stage on many different occasions and left those stages with a positive feedback in our backpockets..

That, and much more, happened since IWT’s launch, but although not fully operational before that time, a lot was done already during 2018. What was done, how it was done and by whom and what we aim for in 2019 and beyond can be read in this report.

Last but not least we created this website. Though it is still work in progress, it is time  “ go live “ . When surfing you will be able to discover IWT’s origin and structure, its objectives, its team and a lot more. It’s the ambition to report through the website about the work done by the respective Committees and to inform relevant stakeholders about what IWT considers as important matters