Transport policy, one of the first common policy areas of the European Union, is an important cornerstone of the European integration process. As sustainable mobility turned into a major European objective, inland waterway transport became a more obvious choice.
A constant growth in transport volumes during the last decade led to the insight that the consideration and integration of social and ecological ramifications in transport matters are inevitable. This is when the model of sustainable mobility gained significance.
This model involves an integrated approach to optimise the efficiency of the transport system, transport organisation and safety as well as to reduce energy consumption and environmental repercussions. It includes improving the competitiveness of environmentally friendly modes of transport and the creation of integrated transport networks used by two or more modes of transport.
In this new context, inland waterway transport (IWT), a safe, environment-friendly and cost-efficient transport mode became an attractive choice.