Brussels, 1 October 2008
Beyond its role as the primary mode for transporting bulk freight, inland waterway transport has successfully established itself in higher-value markets. In order to make even better use of the potential of waterways, the Commission launched in 2006 the ambitious NAIADES action programme for the promotion of inland waterway transport. The PLATINA project, adopted under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, covers a broad set of actions in five strategic fields of NAIADES: improve market conditions, modernise the fleet, develop human capital, strengthen the image of inland navigation and improve the infrastructure.
PLATINA will provide technical and organisational assistance by ensuring active participation of key industrial stakeholders, associations and Member States administrations. Among the major project partners are Via Donau from Austria (coordinator), Voies navigables de France, Bundesverband der Deutschen Binnenschiffahrt (Germany), Promotie Binnenvaart Vlaanderen (Belgium) and the Rijkswaterstaat Centre for Transport and Navigation (The Netherlands).
Furthermore, PLATINA will organise expert meetings and working groups, and will carry out studies on how to better implement selected actions. For the coming year, PLATINA foresees actions such as setting up a single portal for online inland navigation information services and an inland navigation education network, as well as giving technical support for the further development of River Information Services.
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