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Composition of the study group   

Administrator: Erika PAULINOVA , Assistant: Vicentzia NEAGU

Foreseen for the TEN Section meeting:  17 December 2021

Foreseen for the EESC Plenary session:  19-20 January 2022

Gist of the Commission document

The fundamental transformation of European transport systems towards zero-emission mobility requires an integrated multimodal approach explicitly aimed at boosting the uptake of more sustainable and less congested transport modes. Long recognised as one of the most CO2-efficient modes of transport (per tonnes of goods carried) along with rail, inland waterway transport is seen as central to the Union’s efforts to decarbonise the transport system.

The European Green Deal and the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy thus clearly set out the objectives to increase the role of inland waterway transport and to make all transport modes more sustainable, in line with the EU’s climate neutrality and the zero pollution goal. The ambition to substantially increase the share of the inland freight transport carried by inland waterway transport, and to increase considerably the capacity of inland waterways in the next years call for decisive actions requiring a fundamental transformation of the sector. NAIADES III sets out a pathway to enable this transformation, meeting the ambitions for the green and digital transition of the sector, while offering attractive and sustainable jobs.