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February 12, 2013 / landscapeiskingston

WF Partnership Brussels Briefing

Waterways Forward partners gathered in Brussels in December ’12 to engage in some direct’ lobbying’ of EU officials.  The December event was an important two way exchange. WF partners spoke of  achievements and strength of the waterways case. To support their discussion the project’s Final Policy Recommendations – developed and designed by Landscape Interface Studio (LIS), Kingston University – were presented during the meeting.

Pat Brown represented LIS at the Brussels briefing, “It is important that these policies are represented at Commission level and will act as a focal point for future Europe-wide policy development for Europe’s inland waterways.  Kingston University has been involved in the communication of Waterways Forward’s policy recommendation development from the project planning phase through to delivery of the final project exhibition earlier in Paris. A clear and concise message from the project is vital for good dissemination of results and future policy planning.”

Jean-Marc Venineaux, the EC’s Directorate General for Regional Policy at the European Commission and Cesare Bernabei (DG Energy and Transport) outlined the Commission’s approach to future funding for Inland Waterways.

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Jean-Marc Venineaux   said that 5.98% of the €11.7 billion budget will be for co-operation projects (Interreg etc) and that they expect “improved co-ordination between EU funds”.   WF partners argued the multifunctional nature of waterways means we have the capabilities to do exactly this. However none of the 11 Thematic Objectives (for funding) relate specifically to waterways.  Because of this, Rob van Eijkeren from the House of the Dutch Provinces advised the partners to lobby hard for inclusion of waterways in their funding programmes.

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