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River navigation to improve in Belgium thanks to EU co-funded project

Creation date: April 10, 2012

The European Union will co-finance a project to implement River Information Services (RIS) applications within the Belgian region of Flanders. The project, which focuses on optimising existing RIS-related processes as well as conducting ad-hoc studies and surveys, will be supported with a grant of over €500,000 from the TEN-T budget.


The "Implementation of River Information Services (RIS) in Flanders III" project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, will, once completed, allow for faster and safer transit through the Flemish inland waterway network and contribute to making this transport mode more competitive.


River Information Services are customised information services that make it possible to co-ordinate logistical processes on inland waterways with actual transport situations on a constant basis. RIS play a key role in making cargo transport and passenger services on waterways more efficient and ecologically sound while, at the same time, increasing traffic safety. RIS Services are defined by a European Framework Directive and need to be implemented by the Member States in a harmonised way.


More specifically, the project builds on and completes projects "RIS in Flanders I and II" (both also funded via the TEN-T Programme), both of which supported the installation of RIS infrastructure, and aims at extending the range of RIS services available in Flanders.


The project, which is managed by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency, is expected to be completed by December 2013.


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



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