At its plenary session in June 2015, the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR – https://www.ccr-zkr.org/) adopted a Resolution creating a European committee for drawing up standards in the field of inland navigation (Comité Européen pour l’Élaboration de Standards dans le Domaine de Navigation Intérieure – CESNI). This resolution promotes the development of uniform, modern, user-friendly requirements and takes into account the CCNR’s “Vision 2018” for the sustainable development of inland navigation.
The creation of this new working body is in line with the desire of the CCNR, shared by the European Union, to reinforce governance at the European level, particularly in the field of regulations governing inland navigation.
The purpose of the new committee is to bring together experts from the Member States of the European Union and the CCNR and representatives of international organisations with an interest in inland navigation. The various stakeholders and professions in navigation in Europe will be well represented. In creating the committee, the European Commission – as well as the CCNR – is looking to simplify procedures in the field of regulating inland navigation, so that the experience acquired by the CCNR can be made fully available to all the institutional partners and stakeholders concerned.

Missions of the CESNI

The European Committee for drawing up standards in the field of inland navigation shall have the following missions in particular:

  • adopting technical standards in various fields, in particular as regards vessels, information technology and crew to which the respective regulations at the European and international level, including the European Union and the CCNR, will refer with a view to their application,
  • deliberating on the uniform interpretation and application of the said standards, on the method for applying and implementing the corresponding procedures, on procedures for exchanging information, and on the supervisory mechanisms among the Member States;
  • deliberating on derogations and equivalences of technical requirements for a specific craft;
  • deliberating on priority topics regarding safety of navigation, protection of the environment, and other areas of inland navigation.