Inland waterways in the EU

28-01-2014

The EU has one of the longest networks of inland waterways in the world, which play a siginificant role in the transport of freight between major seaports and hinterland areas. The sector nonetheless faces many specific structural difficulties (infrastructure insufficiently interconnected and integrated with other transport modes, overcapacity, skills shortages, etc.) which prevent it from tapping its full potential, i.e. increasing its modal share. Further EU-level initiatives to boost this transport mode in the framework of the NAIADES action programme are now under consideration.

The EU has one of the longest networks of inland waterways in the world, which play a siginificant role in the transport of freight between major seaports and hinterland areas. The sector nonetheless faces many specific structural difficulties (infrastructure insufficiently interconnected and integrated with other transport modes, overcapacity, skills shortages, etc.) which prevent it from tapping its full potential, i.e. increasing its modal share. Further EU-level initiatives to boost this transport mode in the framework of the NAIADES action programme are now under consideration.