Mobility and Transport


Follow-up to the 2006-2013 NAIADES Action Programme

Follow-up to the 2006-2013 NAIADES Action Programme

Follow-up to the 2006-2013 NAIADES Action Programme
Consultation period: 

Follow-up to the 2006-2013 NAIADES Action Programme 

Consultation period: 10/06/2011 - 22/07/2011 1/09/2011


Executive summary

Objectives of the consultation

The NAIADES communication COM(2006)6 established the framework and defined the principles for an integrated inland waterway transport policy in the European Union, while the NAIADES action programme defined the actions necessary to implement the policy. The current action programme will end in 2013. In view of the implementation of the 2011 White Paper - Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area, there is a need to consider a follow-up to the current action programme in order to ensure a sustainable implementation of the policy framework.

The Commission is encouraging all interested parties to contribute their views on what policy measures are needed to address the future challenges of the inland waterway transport sector. With this questionnaire, the Commission invites interested stakeholders to share their views and opinions on a future policy to promote inland waterway transport in Europe.

Practical information

The consultation is being launched only in an electronic form via the interactive policy-making tool. Interested parties are invited to send their comments, suggestions and replies to the questionnaire to the Commission by the 22nd of July 2011 1st of September 2011 at the latest.

All stakeholders and organisations involved in inland waterway transport and related logistic services are invited to respond to the public consultation. The summary of the consultation's results will be published on the Commission's website.

This is an anonymous survey, and therefore, you are not obliged to give any personal details and the rules on personal data protection apply . However, as the initiative has stakeholders in all inland navigation sectors we ask you to indicate the sector within which you work, so that we can better use your answers.

If you are replying on behalf of an organisation, we also ask you voluntarily to indicate the exact name of the organisation, the department and the contact email. This information will not be made public or used for any other purpose than to facilitate this survey.

Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representing the view of the Commission. It does not prejudge, or constitute the announcement of any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.

Important advices for filling–in the questionnaire

The online questionnaire is structured as follows:

  • Respondent information
  • General questions on issues in inland waterway transport
  • Possible actions to be taken
  • Potential impact of the measures
  • Implementation

The questionnaire contains 22 questions. Please be aware that if interrupted or left 90 minutes inactive, your contribution will not be saved. We would encourage stakeholders to respond as soon as possible in order to help the ongoing impact assessment. Proposed practical steps for filling-in the questionnaire:

  • Questions are either compulsory or optional. If any of the compulsory fields have not been filled in, the system will not allow you to submit the questionnaire but will redirect you to the incomplete answer and give you an opportunity to correct it. An error message will appear in a purple/red colour under the question in which a problem occurred.
  • Please note that you should not use the ‘Back’ button in the upper left-hand corner of the screen of your browser to navigate the online questionnaire, because this will lead to a loss of all the data that you have already inserted. For navigation, you should use the buttons ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ at the bottom of the questionnaire page instead.
  • When you successfully submit the questionnaire, a confirmation message will appear on your screen and you can print your answers.

If you are replying on behalf of an organisation, please state your name, address and official title in your reply. Any reply on behalf of an organisation which does not state the interests which it represents or the extent to which it is representative of the sector (number of members, size of organisation in relation to the sector to which its members belong) will be regarded as an individual reply and not a collective reply.

As part of the European Transparency Initiative, organisations are invited to use the Register of interest representatives to provide the European Commission and the public at large with information about their objectives, funding and structures. If you are not registered yet in this register, please visit: