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Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – River Information Services (RIS)



General objectives

Article 16 of the TEN-T Guidelines sets out the implementing of telematics applications, including River Information Services (RIS), as one of the priorities for inland waterway infrastructure development. RIS are regulated through Directive 2005/44/EC which defines binding rules for data communication and RIS equipment as well as the minimum level of services for RIS implementations. The Directive provides the framework for the deployment of harmonised and interoperable RIS across Europe with a view to enhancing safety, efficiency and environmental friendliness and to facilitating interfaces with other transport modes.

In order to meet these objectives, CEF funding shall be used to support the deployment of onboard and of land-based components of RIS.

Specific objectives

The actions (studies, pilot actions and works) on River Information Services shall focus on the on-board and land-based components of RIS. These include RIS

  • Infrastructure,
  • Technologies,
  • Equipment including fixed or mobile hardware and software,
  • Services and applications,
  • Inter-linkage with components of telematic applications of other modes of transport and of logistic services.

RIS projects shall contribute to a coherent deployment of EU-wide harmonised RIS components. For this purpose, neighbouring countries may also participate in projects.

RIS components shall support the deployment of harmonised information services to support traffic and transport management in inland navigation, including, wherever technically feasible or relevant, interfaces with other transport modes. River information services and applications shall aim at the deployment of interoperable, harmonised solutions and shall address services such as fairway information, traffic information, traffic management, calamity abatement support, information for transport management, statistics and customs services and waterway charges and port dues. Further RIS services and applications shall focus on those which lead to an increased level of safety, to measureable benefits for inland navigation actors and users or to a better integration of inland navigation into the door-to-door logistic chains.

Projects may also comprise

  • The testing and validation of technical feasibility, interoperability and compatibility of technologies, systems, services and applications,
  • The further development of favourable conditions to support a coherent deployment of RIS for instance with regard to reporting requirements,
  • The maintenance and amendment of standards and technical specifications,
  • The definition and implementation of harmonised concepts for (cross-border) exchange of data between authorities, inland waterway transport operators or users,
  • The interconnection of national systems with systems at EU level as well as related technical and administrative agreements,
  • The further enhancement and fine-tuning of RIS key technologies, systems, services and applications to take account of the state of the art.

Proposed Actions under this priority shall address either works or studies (including studies with pilot activities).

Proposed Actions for studies with pilot activities shall serve at least one of the following objectives:

  • to develop, improve or adapt a solution and implement it in order to test its feasibility and suitability as well as its added value for inland navigation before deploying it on a larger scale;
  • to implement an existing RIS technology, infrastructure or service (i.e. already in use elsewhere but new to a particular organisation, system or geographical area) in order to gain experience and learn lessons with a view to preparing the best conditions for deployment on a larger scale;
  • to demonstrate developments and improvements for the interoperability of RIS in the context of evolving RIS standards.


10 miljoen euro


Eligible applicants

Pursuant to Article 9 of the CEF Regulation, only those proposals submitted by one of the following types of applicants are eligible:

  • One or more Member States;
  • With the agreement of the Member States concerned, international organisations, joint undertakings, or public or private undertakings or bodies established in Member States.

Proposals may be submitted by entities which do not have legal personality under the applicable national law, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf and offer guarantee for the protection of the Union's financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.

Proposals submitted by natural persons are not eligible.

Third countries and entities established in third countries may participate in actions contributing to projects of common interest where necessary in order to achieve the objectives of a given project of common interest. They may not receive financial assistance except where it is indispensable to the achievement of the objectives of a given project of common interest.

In such cases and pursuant to Article 8(1) of the TEN-T Guidelines, applications may be presented by neighbouring countries or entities established in neighbouring countries, with the agreement of a Member State.

Any applicant that cannot provide the agreement of the Member State concerned shall not be eligible.

Proposals submitted to this call for proposals under the priority "Motorways of the Sea" must include applicants from (and be supported by) a minimum of two different Member States.

For multi-applicant proposals a coordinator must be designated.

Applicants may designate affiliated entities within the meaning of Article 122(2)(b) of the Financial Regulation, for the purpose of supporting the implementation of the action submitted for 4 Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network and repealing Decision No 661/2010/EU, OJ L 348 of 20.12.2013, p.1. - 7 - funding. Such affiliated entities shall comply with the eligibility criteria for applicants as specified in Section 7.1 of the multi-annual work programme. 

Meer informatie over de begunstigden in dit document.

Info & contact

Op maandag 30 november 2015 vindt over de CEF-oproepen een Europese infodag plaats, georganiseerd door de Europese Commissie in samenwerking met het Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA). Inschrijven kan via deze link.

Op woensdag 2 december 2015 vindt over de CEF-oproepen een Vlaamse infodag plaats, georganiseerd door het Departement Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken en vleva. Inschrijven kan via deze link.


Nationaal contactpunt Connecting Europe Facility – onderdeel vervoer

Olivier Vandersnickt

Departement Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken (MOW)


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