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In the presence of Mr. Kyrylo Shalamay, the director-general of the Shipping Register of Ukraine and the Ukrainian representative, the Committee unanimously welcomed the Republic of Ukraine’s request to achieve observer status with the CESNI. Observer status enables any non-Member State of the European Union or Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine to take part in meetings of the Committee and its working groups.
Since CESNI’s creation in 2015, Ukraine has shown interest in taking part in its work; it was then granted provisional observer status. The Committee was to clarify the conditions governing the granting of this final status last March. The Republic of Ukraine’s solid experience of inland navigation adds considerable value to the Committee’s work. In addition to an extensive river network within its national territory, Ukraine has a very active presence on the international stage. As a member of the Danube Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE), the Republic of Ukraine has also been an Observer State with the CCNR since 2005.
The Committee welcomes this new recognition, which reaffirms its spirit of openness to all participants in the field of European inland navigation.

The European Committee for drawing up Standards in the field of Inland Navigation (CESNI) was set up in 2015 under the auspices of the CCNR in order to harmonize European legislation on inland navigation. The CESNI Committee brings together the member States of the CCNR and of the European Union, the European Commission, international organizations, including river commissions, and representative non-governmental organizations; the Committee’s Secretariat is provided by the CCNR.
CESNI’s role is to contribute to the adoption by common accord of uniform standards on the Rhine and the entire network of inland waterways in the European Union with a view to:
  • increasing safety of navigation and protection of the environment in the context of inland navigation transport,
  • promoting employment in inland navigation and rendering the sector more attractive, and
  • facilitating transport operations and promoting international trade.
The standards adopted by CESNI are available here:

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