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Since the Strasbourg Convention in 2008, EDINNA has become a new stakeholder in the IWT sector. EDINNA has given itself a very ambitious working programme. Besides organisational matters, a strong focus lies on the aim of harmonising European inland navigation education and training also by looking closer at the use of training equipment and simulators. The educational network focuses on Exchange Programmes as well as the use of communication and language in the Inland Waterway Transport Sector. EDINNA has - amongst others - participated in the following activities:

PLATINA - Joint Working Group

PLATINA - "Joint Working Group on professional competencies"
At the aforementioned Round Table of the CCNR on education and training in June 2008, PLATINA offered support to the Social Partners in order to proceed their work on professional profiles. EDINNA as well as the CCNR followed and a first meeting of this Joint Working Group was organized in January 2009 in order to jointly discuss standards for professional competencies. The Joint Working Group currently consists of: Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine, European Barge Union, EDINNA, European Transport Workers' Federation, European Skippers Organisation, Platina, Danube Commission and the Sava Commission. The Joint Working Group meets on a regular basis and is currently developping the Consolidated Tables of STCIN Competencies for Operational and Management Level.

Social Partner Meetings

EDINNA has a strong link with the employers as well as the employees' assocations. The European employers' associations as well as the European employees' associations are members of the Joint Working Group. EDINNA gave a presentation at the Sectoral Social Dialogue for Inland Navigation on possible “Standards of Training and Certification in Inland Navigation” (STCIN).

European Commission

EDINNA is one of the stakeholders in various meetings. A.o. EDINNA was invited to the stakeholder meetings of the Impact Assessment studies done by the European Commission on the recognition of boatmaster certificates as well as manning requirements.EDINNA participated in various NAIADES II consulatation and implementation meetings and was a stakeholder during the work of the Common Expert Group on
Professional Qualifications and Training Standards.


EDINNA has participated at the CCNR Round Table dealing with "Language and Communication in IWT" in February 2009. Furthermore, EDINNA was officially recognized as a non-governmental organization in 2011 and participated in the Working Group on Simulators.                           


EDINNA is an active stakeholder of the UNECE and has been requested to participate at the UNECE technical Working Group on Safety and Navigation Requirements in June 2009.  From 2011 onwards EDINNA has been requested to give various presentations on the development of the STCIN during the "Working Party on the standardisation of technical and safety requirements in Inland Navigation".

Course Manuals

A working group of members of EDINNA, consisting
of STC-Group, Maritieme Academie Harlingen,
Schiffer-Berufskolleg Rhein together with social partners BDS-Binnenschiffahrt and the European Transport Workers' Federation are working on the project "Course Manuals for Inland Navigation Education and Training" within the framework of the Life Long Learning Programme of the European Commission.The project progress is available in the members log-in area ofthis website.

On the 29th of April 2015, the first Course Manual on OL and ML with respect to the topic navigation was presented during the final conference in Brussels. The presentation of the day as well as various key note speeches are available. In case you would like to order a copy of the Course Manual, please be so kind to contact the daily secretariat:

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