Inland Waterway Vessels

Directive (EU) 2016/1629 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 September 2016 laying down technical requirements for inland waterway vessels, amending Directive 2009/100/EC and repealing Directive 2006/87/EC was adopted on 16 September 2016. It is applicable from 7 October 2018  and it establishes the system of technical requirements for inland navigation vessels, set up an inspection regime, as well as provide provisions on derogation for some type of vessels.

As a result, the requirements for navigation certificates on inland waterways are identical across all Member States. This ensures simplification of rules leading to high levels of safety and contribute directly to President Juncker's priority of a deeper and fairer internal market.

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