Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

EU co-finances study to improve rail traffic in Katowice, Poland

Creation date: July 26, 2011

Poland will receive a contribution of €1.6 million from the European Union for a project implementing River Information Services (RIS) on a section of its inland waterway network. The project will ensure Poland’s compliance with the EU’s RIS Directive and improve navigation safety and efficiency whilst at the same time facilitating intermodality.


The project, which was selected under the 2010 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, is the very first stage of Polish RIS deployment. It consists of the preparation of a RIS feasibility study on the Lower Oder river and the launch of its related pilot scheme. In line with the guidelines set up in the RIS Directive, the project plans to test an interoperable, reliable and safe RIS information system managed from a new Lower Oder RIS Centre to be constructed and based in the Inland Navigation Office of Szczecin. Testing includes looking at the different technical specifications to reach European interoperability and include Polish inland waterways into the pan-European RIS network.


EU support to this project ensures that RIS is implemented in the Polish fluvial network at greater speed, thus enhancing the competitiveness of this transport mode in the country and ensuring the harmonisation of Poland’s river network with the rest of Europe.


For more information, please consult the project's page!



Read the press release in Polish - .pdf (79 KB)