CESNI : New international working group for information technology standards in inland navigation

The new permanent working group for information technologies set up by CESNI, the European Committee for drawing up standards in the field of inland navigation, began work on 13 and 14 June.
Representatives of the relevant authorities of the European Union (EU) and Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) Member States, the European inland navigation associations, the river police forces, the European Commission, Danube Commission and the CCNR mapped out the work programme for the next three years and set to work implementing it.
The discussions focused inter alia on integrating the currently independent European RIS (River Information Services) expert groups into CESNI’s processes and structures. The working group will submit the proposals developed at this meeting to the Committee, which will decide on them on 15 October this year

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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