Part III Inland Transport, 11 Inland Waterways
Elvira Aliende Rodríguez, Julie Vandenbussche, Tim Maxian Rusche
Edited By: Luis Ortiz Blanco, Ben Van Houtte
- Market definition — Market power — European Union — Inland waterways — Passenger transport — Road
Inland waterway transport plays a significant role in the transport of goods within the European Union. The European Union waterway network comprises more than 37,000 kilometres of waterways and connects hundreds of cities and industrial regions. Of Member States, twenty-one out of twenty-eight have inland waterways. Chapter 11 sets out both the regulatory framework for transport by inland waterways and the application of the competition rules to this subsector. It describes the context in which this specific transport mode operates, and lists some of the programmes to support restructuring and innovation. The regulatory framework deals with market access, chartering, and pricing, in addition to the profession of boatmaster and specifics about dangerous goods transport. The body of competition cases is less elaborate than in other transport modes, and it focuses on issues relevant to the modernization of the sector.