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Case study: France’s promotion of inland navigation at national level.

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It consists in replicating at national and european levels intiatives such as the one the French Ministry of Ecology lead in its country. The Ministry relaunched the inland navigation sector through different channels.

Legally, the Grenelle I law gave incentives to develop inland navigation, seen a a cheaper, more reliable and environmentally-friendly than other modes of transport (on average, inland navigation pollute and consume energy about four times less than road freight transport).

Policies focused on technical aspects, such as modernization programmes on infrastructures, network junctions, dry docks, and services.

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EU5. Inland waterways, a multi-usage network

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EU5-    Promote better coordination between transport and water policies in relation with inland navigation in Europe:

- creating quality infrastructure in the Trans-European Networks (TEN-T) and beyond,

- ensuring an integrated approach, combined with the “working with nature “ approach and climate change mitigation and adaptation policies,

- inland water ways multiuse,

- fully integrate the transport modes for seamless supply chain,

- offering new jobs in inland waterways,

- achieving the EU sustainability objectives (green vessels and fuel)…

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