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SWP1.2 | Monitoring administrative barriers


Administrative and regulatory barriers may raise operational costs, hindering the establishment of new services and market initiatives. Problems perceived by shipping companies and private ship owners must be assessed to consider a simplification of administrative procedures or – if feasible and advisable - the removal of the barrier as
a whole. In September 2008 the results of the screening exercise on administrative and regulatory barriers were presented at the PLATINA kick-off meeting in Brussels. The final reports list a wide range of administrative hindrances perceived by shipping companies, private ship owners and sector representatives.



Especially the feedback from national and international authorities and industry organisations (ETF, ESO, EBU) will be taken into account through bilateral meetings. As a follow-up action to the European screening exercise on administrative barriers in inland navigation PLATINA provides support for the establishment of a monitoring group on administrative barriers. This monitoring group assists in reducing the administrative burden on IWT entrepreneurs. The perceived barriers are analysed and assessed in order to develop strategies for a simplification of administrative procedures.

Description of work

This Sub-Work Package includes the setting-up of the monitoring group and defines in close co-operation with the European Commission the work programme and mandate of the this group.

The monitoring group is a public-private working group consisting of public bodies, IWT users and representatives from the IWT sector. The involvement of these organisations keeps the reduction of red tape on the political agenda. Monitoring group meetings take place on a regular basis and entail a discussion on administrative barriers, in order to come to their elimination.

The implementation of the recommendations from the European screening exercise are taken up by the PLATINA team.

Achievements January-May 2011

The final monitoring report presents the results of the PLATINA efforts to monitor and analyse administrative and regulatory barriers in IWT. One of the main objectives was to update and validate the identified barriers that were perceived by the entrepreneurs during the field research carried out in 2007. For this purpose meetings and discussions did take place with the relevant authorities and other public and private stakeholders on national and European level. Also the scope of barriers was reduced: barriers shall have a direct relation with administrative or regulatory issues.

Subsequently a list of “real” barriers was developed. This means those barriers that are still actual, known and justified by stakeholders and are seen as administrative and regulatory barriers. Based on this list, the ‘orphan barriers’ were identified, meaning that the respective barrier is relevant and justified but suffers from a lack of attention from stakeholders and/or authorities in order to reduce or solve the barrier. The result of this selection process was a list of 25 European barriers. This list represents the barriers that occur frequently in different member states and barriers that request measures on European or international level to overcome the barriers. These 25 barriers were discussed in detail with several stakeholders on European level (e.g. EBU, ESO, ETF, CCNR, European Commission).

The final monitoring report provides a basis for future efforts to reduce and eliminate administrative barriers for inland waterway transport in Europe.