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Inland waterway navigation study on Italy's Po River to receive EU funding

Creation date: October 16, 2013

The European Union will support to the tune of €1 million from the TEN-T Programme a study looking at improving navigation from the Cremona inland waterway port to the Adriatic Sea, which could help enable stable, year round navigation conditions on this important stretch of the Po River.


The study, selected under the 2012 TEN-T Annual Programme, will look at solutions to upgrade the capacity of the Po River where navigation is currently not possible on a year round basis.


Two technical possibilities will be examined: either regulation of the Po through the construction of up to five river locks or the establishment of free streaming conditions until the delta. The study's outcome will serve as basis for decision-making on the eventual technical solution to be chosen. The study will also look at the possibility of financing these works through the establishment of a public-private partnership to create power plants for hydroelectric power.


The study is set to be completed by December 2015.