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Strengthening inland waterway transport in Europe in a targeted manner is a key element of a forward-looking transport policy. On the one hand, we therefore focused on the contribution which inland waterway transport can make, already today, towards a climate- and environment-friendly freight and passenger transport. On the other hand, we discussed which steps are necessary to ensure that this mode of transport is well equipped to become even more sustainable and innovative in the future. Against the background of the European Green Deal, the German Council Presidency therefore invited Member States, representatives of the sector and European institutions in cooperation with the European Barge Union (EBU) to engage in a joint discussion.