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Inland Waterways

This webpage should help you to find relevant European social legislation related to inland waterways, as well as policy documents of the different European institutions and bodies. Finally, ETF positions on these issues are included.

The ETF “inland waterways” section brings together trade union officers and representatives of national transport trade unions, affiliated to ETF defending the interests of workers in the sector (freight transport, passenger transport in particular hotel- and cruiseships).

The section defines the ETF positions regarding EU transport policy, including relevant legislation, exerts pressure on the EU institutions and is actor in the European Sectoral Social Dialogue. It has an observer status in the CCR-ZKR (Central Rhine Commission) and has applied for a similar status in the Danube Commission.

The section has elected the following persons:

Section Chair Nick BRAMLEY Nautilus International Switzerland
Vice Chair Joris KERKHOFS ACV-Transcom Belgium
Women's Representative Valérie LATRON FGTE-CFDT France
Youth Representative Sander RUTS ACV-Transcom Belgium

 Useful tools


  • Please find here more information about the basic principles applicable in most cases with regard to taxation issues when you work and live in various different countries over a short period of time.
  • You can download the app called “Marine Traffic” on your mobile device for Android, Windows or for iOS. It is a useful search engine when you for example want to locate ships and need to know in which harbour they will moor.





News online

07 Jul 2014
European Commission proposes working time rules for Inland Waterways
Today, 7 July 2014, the European Commission has presented its proposal regarding specific working time rules for the Inland Waterways sector. With this proposal, the European Commission aims to implement the Social Partners’ agreement on working...

15 Oct 2013
Young workers elect ETF Youth Committee
Today, 15 October 2013, young worker representatives coming from 25 European countries and 37 ETF affiliates have elected the first ETF Youth Committee in the Transunion Youth Conference organised in Zagreb, Croatia. Thereby the ETF concludes the...


Press releases

02 Apr 2014
Six European Trade Union Federations shock Brussels with flash mob to highlight the critical situation of young workers in Europe
On Wednesday 2 April 2014, in the run up to the European elections in May, European Trade Union Federations’ (ETUF) youth organisations conducted a large flash mob in central Brussels to reinforce their demand that EU institutions and employers put...

07 Mar 2014
European Trade Union Federations launch campaign to reclaim youth’s future
“Enough of their crisis – back to our future” On Friday 7 March 2014, in the run up to the European elections in May, the European trade union federations’ youth organisations launched a joint campaign calling on the EU institutions and employers...


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Galerie AGORA, Rue du Marché aux Herbes 105, Boîte 11 B - 1000 Bruxelles  |  +32 2 285 46 60   |  etf@etf-europe.org