The Commission welcomes the agreement reached yesterday evening by the European Parliament and the Council on technical requirements for inland waterway vessels . This will harmonise the requirements for inland navigation certificates across the EU, which will cut red-tape and contribute to President Juncker’s priority of a deeper and fairer internal market . These may be used by other organisations, such as the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR). Member States will also gain a better access to safety information on vessels and certificates, through a European database. Yesterday’s agreement is an important milestone for the implementation of NAIADES II – the Commission’s strategy for a competitive inland waterway sector. Promoting the most sustainable transport modes – inland waterways and rail – is critical to deliver on the Commission’s agenda of decarbonisation , in line with the Energy-Union and the agreement reached at the COP21 in Paris.