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The NAIADES action plan is a Commission initative to enhance the use of inland navigation as part of intermodal freight solutions, in order to create a sustainable, competitive and environmentally friendly European wide transport network.

This objective was embraced by the inland navigation sector, who, together with the Commission have created PLATINA, an FP7 project consisting of 23 partners from nine different countries, in order to accelerate the achievement of the NAIADES aims. This multi-disciplinary knowledge network will allow PLATINA to create the momentum necessary to achieve the NAIADES objectives.

The core consortium is formed by via donau (Austria) as coordinator, Voies navigables de France (France), Bundesverband der Deutschen  Binnenschiffahrt (Germany), Promotie Binnenvaart Vlaanderen (Belgium) and the Rijkswaterstaat Centre for Transport and Navigation (The Netherlands).

Romanian Intermodal Association is part of the project consortium since 2008.

The project duration= 4 years

The main objective of PLATINA is to support the European Commission, Member States and third countries in the implementation of the NAIADES action programme. PLATINA brings together all the relevant actors in the inland waterway sector in a multi-disciplinary knowledge network. Most members of the consortium already play an active role in transport policy in their countries, thus the contribution of the project to to the promotion of inland waterway transport in Europe is maximised.

These NAIADES objectives are achieved by:

  • Providing technical, organisational and financial support for targeted policy actions: Together with the European Commission, PLATINA identifies the necessary policy actions, brings together the required stakeholders (working groups, expert meetings) and develops the necessary knowledge and tools. Key experts and stakeholders elaborate technical proposals for policy actions in the five NAIADES action areas.
  • Building on strong interrelations with existing expert groups, projects and initiatives: The European added value of PLATINA is the creation of synergies at the European level through networking and knowledge exchange. Through the multi-disciplinary composition of its working programme and consortium, PLATINA is a flexible platform that can react to emerging policy needs in the field of inland waterway transport.




Last Updated ( Monday, 21 February 2011 )