European Networks

European networks

Find out more about some of the European networks in which Rijkswaterstaat is active.

Conference of European Director of Roads – CEDR

The Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR) is an non-profit organisation of Europe’s national road administrations that promotes excellence road management. CEDR consolidates its position as the platform for Road Directors and National Road Administrations (NRA's) that reliably and effectively facilitates benchmarking and sharing of knowledge and best practice. For example collaborations and sharing of resources in joint projects and professional networking and competence building.

CEDR’s strategic goals are to help NRA's, to anticipate future trends and facing new challenges, for example:

  • reinforce NRAs’ role as key providers of efficient and seamless mobility from an end user perspective within the transport system;
  • facilitate and optimise the efficient use of resources, making the best use of existing infrastructures;
  • improve the safety and sustainability of roads, and reduce their environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Rijkswaterstaat is a founding member of CEDR and participates actively in CEDR’s board meetings as well as in many of CEDR’s working groups. Rijkswaterstaat often participates in funding for the CEDR Transnational Research Programme which operates through a series of annual transnational calls on topics that address the needs of European road authorities.

Rijkswaterstaat and CEDR both interact with PIARC.

CEN – Comité Européen de Normalisation

CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, is an association that brings together the National Standardization Bodies of 34 European countries. CEN is 1 of the 3 European Standardization Organizations (together with CENELEC and ETSI) that have been officially recognized by the European Union and by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as being responsible for developing and defining voluntary standards at European level.

CEN provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical documents in relation to various kinds of products, materials, services and processes. CEN supports standardization activities in relation to a wide range of fields and sectors including: air and space, chemicals, construction, consumer products, defence and security, energy, the environment, food and feed, health and safety, healthcare, ICT, machinery, materials, pressure equipment, services, smart living, transport and packaging.

Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCR)

Dating back to the 1815 Vienna Congress, the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine is the oldest international organisation in modern history. Its legal foundation is the Revised Convention for Navigation on the Rhine, referred to as the Mannheim Document, of 17 October 1868. The Central Commission is an up-to-date international institution with an administration that enables it to effectively address all issues concerning inland navigation. It promotes the development of close cooperation with other international organisations in the field of European transport policy and with non-governmental organisations active in the field of inland navigation. Rijkswaterstaat is a founding member of the CCR.

Bonn Agreement

The Bonn Agreement is the mechanism by which ten governments, together with the European Union, cooperate in dealing with pollution of the North Sea by oil and other harmful substances. The signatories to the Agreement are the Governments of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the European Union. Spain was welcomed as a Bonn Agreement Contracting Party at a Ministerial meeting in 2019.

Under the umbrella of the Bonn Agreement, BE-AWARE I and BE-AWARE II produced the first area-wide risk assessments of marine pollution in the North Sea and the potential impacts of a pollution incident. HNS-MS, ARCOPOL, MARINIER and MARPOCS are related but external projects intended to aid in the preparedness and response capability to Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) spills.

European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC)

The European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) is the European Technology Platform (ETP) for Road Transport. ERTRAC provides a strategic vision for road transport research and innovation in Europe through the following tasks:

  • define strategies and roadmaps to achieve this vision through the definition and update of a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and research implementation roadmaps;
  • stimulate effective public and private investment in road transport research and innovation;
  • contribute to improving coordination between the European, national, regional public and private R&D activities on road transport;
  • enhance the networking and clustering of Europe’s research and innovation capacities;
  • promote European commitment to research and technological development, ensuring that Europe remains an attractive region for researchers;
  • enhancing global competitiveness of transport industries;
  • support the implementation of Horizon Europe, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.


The vision of the European Road Assessment Programme is to strive for a Europe free of high-risk roads. EuroRAP contributes to halving road deaths by 2030 by ensuring that 75% of travel on TEN-T and primary roads across Europe are rated “3-star or better”.

FEHRL – Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories

FEHRL (the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories) is an international association of national road research institutes, including members throughout the EU member states, EFTA countries and Eastern European countries, but also Israel and the USA.

FEHRL’s primary objective is to provide opportunities for identifying research priorities and to create a positive climate for cooperation between its institute-members. FEHRL’s mission is to promote and facilitate collaboration on road research and provide high-quality information and advice on technologies and policies related to roads, with staff from the national institutes providing the technical input for all projects. FEHRL’s objectives are, through the specification and delivery of research:

  • to provide scientific input to European and national government policy on highway engineering and road transport matters;
  • create and maintain an efficient and safe road and infrastructure network;
  • increase innovation in road and infrastructure construction and related industries;
  • improve the energy efficiency of road and infrastructure engineering and operations;
  • and protect the environment and improve the quality of life.

Rijkswaterstaat is a member of FEHRL together with TNO and Delft University of Technology.