NAIADES Action Programme (2006-2013)
NAIADES is an integrated European action programme for inland waterway transport.
On 17 January 2006, the European Commission adopted a Communication on the promotion of inland waterway transport. The NAIADES Action Programme was intended for the period 2006-2013 and focused on five strategic areas for a comprehensive Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) policy: market, fllet, jobs and skills, image and infrastructure. These measures are rounded off by reflections on an appropriate organisational structure.
Issues being addressed under NAIADES include working time arrangements, professional qualification requirements, the examination of administrative and regulatory barriers, the adoption of innovative technologies, such as the River Information Services (RIS), and infrastructure improvements.
Commission boosts inland waterway transport through a new platform – PLATINA
On 1 October 2008, the European Commission launched "PLATINA" to implement more efficiently actions and measures promoting inland waterway transport. The project, which is bringing together 22 partners from 9 European countries, is funded with € 8.5 million from the Commission. PLATINA has been designed as a platform for assisting the implementation of the European inland navigation programme NAIADES.
Reports on the 'NAIADES' Action Programme