The objective of the SPIN network is to develop a European Strategy to promote Inland Navigation and to encourage the acceptance and exploitation of the strategy.
The proposal reflects option a) in the description of Task 2.3.2/14, the Key Action "Sustainable Mobility and Intermodality" of the 5th Framework programme "Competitive and Sustainable Growth", which foresees separated Thematic Networks for Inland Navigation and Short Sea Shipping. Nevertheless, co-ordination with a parallel Short Sea Shipping network is planned.
Although one third of the intra-community freight is carried on the European Inland Waterway Transport (IWT), it has not increased proportionally with the high growth in road transport. This demands further action from, policy-makers to obtain a more environmentally sustainable transport system.
The need for the environmental friendliness of Inland Navigation will grow with the enlargement of the European Union towards Eastern Europe.
Call for proposal
Third Call - GR
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