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Water 2007-EU-30010-P

The Seine-Scheldt inland waterway network - cross-border section between Compiègne and Ghent


This project, part of Priority Project 30 Inland Waterway Seine-Scheldt is designed to connect the Seine and Scheldt river basins, and, to a broader extent, the entire Rhine-Scheldt delta and the Rhine basin (Priority Project 18 - Waterway axis Rhine/Meuse-Main-Danube). It will not only help alleviate serious road congestion which affects the north-south economic axis, but also open up a new European freight corridor between Le Havre, Paris, Dunkerque, Antwerp, Liège and Rotterdam/Amsterdam.


Along this corridor, the project will allow the concentration of freight in push-tows carrying up to 4,400 tonnes. At the same time it will provide high-capacity access to the northern seaports - and a catchment market of more than 60 million people. The project investments will be aimed at eliminating the main bottlenecks, and will concern the following three sections:

  • Seine-Ghent
  • Condé-Pommeroeul to Sambre
  • Upper Scheldt


State of progress on 31 December 2014:

Despite delays, the project is still progressing at different paces according to the geographical sections concerned.




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Percentage of EU support: 


Studies and works: 35%

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This project was also looked at during the Mid-Term Review of the 2007-2013 TEN-T Multi-Annual Work Programme.

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Member States involved:

France, Belgium


Implementation schedule:

Start date: January 2007

End date: December 2015



 Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning (MEEDDAT) 

 Walloon Ministry of Public Works & Transport

 Flemish Ministry of Public Works, Energy, Environment and Nature


Implementing body:

 European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG)


Additional information:

 European Commission, DG MOVE

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