Legal framework

Inland water transport in Europe is covered by various systems of law. Many cooperation among the various institutions involved has led to common regulations, but the existing legal framework is still not satisfactory. Further improvements, harmonization of rules and unification is needed. Therefore, 2015 the European Union and the Central Commission for the Navigation on the Rhine (CCNR) set up CESNI (European committee for drawing up common standards in the field of inland navigation), to create common standards in the field of inland navigation. Main areas of work include technical requirements for vessels, professional qualifications for navigation personnel and inland navigation information technologies. The following contributions address these issues, inform to news, developments and updates regarding the legal framework for inland navigation.