The PLATINA project is a major trans-European project for the promotion of inland waterway transport. Launched by the European Commission on 1 October 2008, PLATINA was designed as a platform to provide support for the implementation of the NAIADES European inland navigation programme. It brings together 22 partners from 9 European countries and has received Commission funding of € 8.5 million.
The PLATINA project, adopted under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, covers a broad set of actions in five strategic fields of NAIADES:
- improve market conditions;
- modernise the fleet;
- develop human capital;
- strengthen the image of inland navigation; and
- improve infrastructure.
PLATINA provides technical and organisational assistance by ensuring active participation of key industrial stakeholders, associations and Member States administrations. Furthermore, PLATINA organises expert meetings and working groups, and carries out studies on how to better implement selected actions. Other actions include the setting up a single portal for online inland navigation information services and an inland navigation education network, as well as the provision of technical support for the further development of River Information Services (RIS).