Written by Marketa Pape (2nd edition),
While inland navigation is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly mode of transport, it is not used to its full capacity. Apart from the need for significant infrastructure improvements, the sector is affected by limited labour mobility and shortage of qualified workers.
To enhance labour mobility, the European Commission proposes to establish a common system of qualifications for workers on EU inland waterways. While the EU legislation currently applies only to boatmasters, the proposal introduces harmonised rules for all deck crew members. Moreover, it extends the scope of legislation to the previously excluded River Rhine.
Ultimately, the proposal should facilitate entry to professions in inland navigation, improve career prospects and make jobs in the sector more attractive.
- October 2016: ‘Recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation‘ (2nd edition)
- June 2016: ‘Recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation’ (1st edition)