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).
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. On the 5th of July 2011, EDINNA participated in the Naiades II Stakeholder Meeting in Brussels.
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. In 2011, EDINNA has been requested to give a presentation on the development of the STCIN during the "Working Party on the standardisation of technical and safety requirements in Inland Navigation".