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Daniela Rosca succeeds Dimitrios Theologitis

Reorganisation of directorate-general for mobility and transport

The new DG MOVE organisation chart is online. Daniela Rosca is now officially in charge of Ports and Inland Navigation. Sophie Cabanis, national expert from France, has left and Marta Wolska, national expert from Poland, joined the unit to work on technical requirements and the European Hull Database.

The former director of IWT business, Dimitrios Theologitis, will stay on as senior adviser until March 2017. As of December, Theologitis will be the assistant of the new Croatian deputy director general Maja Bakran-Marcich.

EBU, INE, EFIP and ESO met also with the new director Magda Kopczynska on 25 October. She deals with innovative and sustainable mobility affairs within DG-MOVE. It was a constructive and open meeting during which she stressed that she considers IWT as a distinct sector from maritime, but looks for coordination when relevant. At the same time, she also favours coordination with other directorates such as land transport and infrastructure.


Left is Daniela Rosca, she is replacing Dimitrios Theologitis and on the right is Magda Kopczynska

This first meeting was mainly aimed at exchanging information on priorities (infrastructure, IWT in H2020, RIS review) and getting to know each other.


IWT urges EU on approval MFF budget

The European Barge Union (EBU), European Skippers Organisation (ESO) and
Inland Navigation Europe (INE) call on the EU institutions to approve the review of
the EU budget 2014-2020.

Jointly with 30 European transport associations we call on the European Parliament and
the Council to approve the Commission proposal for the review of the Multi-Annual
Financial Framework. The proposal foresees an increase of EUR 1.4 billion for the
Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget. The current proposal would contribute to
enhancing the role of transport as an enabler of economic growth and job creation, which
at the moment employs directly and indirectly 20 million people (10% of total EU

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Flanders’ green IWT support programs

Minister Weyts launches two complementary measures to green IWT. Technological developments allow Technological developments allow to convert environmental benefits into concrete actions.
Barge Entrepreneurs can submit an application from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017  to Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV or to ‘ nv De Scheepvaart to be eligible for the support measures ‘engine replacement small vessels’ or ‘after-treatment technologies on board medium and large vessels’.

Both these measures aim to modernize the fleet, whereas at the same time the air quality in Flanders will improve. It also strengthens the competitiveness of inland waterway transport in Flanders, which means that IWT guarantees the future supplying of companies located on the flemish waterways.

Here you’ll find the full dutch press release:  Netherlands

Full details on after treatment support:

Full details on support measures for engine replacement:

CESNI launches own website

CESNI (European Committee for drawing up Standards in the field of Inland Navigation) was set up in 2015 under the auspices of the CCNR in order to harmonise European legislation on inland navigation.

One of CESNI’s constant concerns is to provide more information on current topics and on the
functioning of this new central body in inland navigation; to achieve this it now has its own
website, at

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Spring session CDNI conference

The attached press release shows several decisions taken by the CDNI contracting parties at the last 2016 meeting. Major changes in Part B (load remains and discharge certificate for dry cargo and tanker) and the more specific degasing for tankers will soon be communicated more extensively.

Choose the press release in your own language: EN  –  DE  –  FR  – NL

ESO regrets EP decision NRMM

European Parliament agrees on NRMM regulation on requirements relating to emis-sion limits and type-approval for internal combustion engines for non-road mobile machinery (COM (2014) 581 – C8-0168/2014 – 2014/0268 (COD)).

ESO regrets that the Commission, Council and Parliament have not followed the proposal of the inland shipping industry to comply with the American standards for new emission for inland vessels. (full pdf-version)

Read moreESO regrets EP decision NRMM

Innovation power on TEN-T days

TEN-T_BulcOn June 20, 2016 high level representatives from the European Union and from the sector joined the
VIP-event ‘Inland navigation and ports in action’ in Rotterdam at the TEN-T days in the historical Van Nelle factory near Rotterdam.
On this occasion official delegations visited innovative pallet barges with cranes on board.
Motivated and talented people are what makes the sector great and is what the future of the sector relies on. Therefore several future generation captains received their certificate to mark this memorable day. (pdf-document)

Statements of Commissioner and Minister 

Read moreInnovation power on TEN-T days

More EU budget to transport

The Commission is preparing a mid-term review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) or the EU budget 2014-2020.

The Connecting Europe Facility, which co-finances many transport infrastructure and innovation projects, was reduced from €33.2 to €30.4 billion last year further to the set-up of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI or Juncker Plan).
The impact on transport was particularly hard: the loss amounted to €2.2 billion of potential grants or almost the equivalent of the co-financing budget necessary to resolve all critical sections in the EU waterway network.

Together with 25 transport associations, the inland waterway organisations Inland Navigation Europe, European Barge Union and European Skippers’Organisation urge the European Parliament and the Council to increase the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget in the upcoming review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework.

Duursema SG ESO

Brussels, March 2nd, 2015

Last Saturday, 28th of February, Mrs. Hester Duursema was appointed unanimously as the new Secretary General of the European Skippers’ Organisation (ESO).
She succeeds Mr. Henk van der Velde, who after many years of fulfilling this role, wanted to resign. He will however be still available for ESO and due to an existing vacancy he has been appointed as interim vice-president of ESO.
Both nominations take effect immediately.

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