Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

EU to help unlock the inland waterway development on The Moselle

Creation date: November 7, 2014

The EU's TEN-T Programme will co-finance with €506,000 studies looking at how to modernise the locks on the Moselle river in France, to increase their safety, improve service to users and turn the river into a more competitive waterway.



Development of the water traffic on the Moselle river passing through the Lorraine region in France could give a significant boost to the local economy. Its increase however depends on the modernisation of the locks to ease and speed up the traffic flow.


This project will prepare the grounds for the installation of modern facilities and equipment to manage the gauge network on the river, as well as the traffic and information required by users. It is expected to come up with a safety study, a plan for human resource management and a study of the system for the telecontrol of the locks.


More specifically, the project will study the site of each lock to identify risk factors, analyse the risks related to the telecontrol and prepare an action plan for the forward planning of human resources and skills.


The project was selected for EU funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Annual Call 2013, priority 'Inland waterways'. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.


The project is to be completed by December 2015.


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Project: 2013-FR-91063-S


The TEN-T Programme was established by the European Commission to support the construction and upgrade of transport infrastructure across the European Union.


The INEA is managing the technical and financial implementation of the TEN-T programme.