The Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR; french: link=no, Commission centrale pour la navigation du Rhin) is an
international organisation An international organization (also known as an international institution or intergovernmental organization, intergovernmental organization) is a stable set of norms and rules meant to govern the behavior of states and other actors in the inter ...
whose function is to encourage European prosperity by guaranteeing a high level of security for navigation of the
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and environs. It is the world's oldest international organization still in operation.


The commission and its secretariat are based in
Strasbourg Strasbourg (, , ; german: Straßburg ; gsw, label=Bas Rhin Bas-Rhin (; Alsatian: ''Unterelsàss'', ' or '; traditional german: links=no, Niederrhein; en, Lower Rhine) is a department Department may refer to: * Departmentalization, divi ...

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, in ''
Le Palais du Rhin
Le Palais du Rhin
''. It has around 30 staff members who deal with general management of the 50 meetings annually, external representation, administering social security for ship crews on the Rhine and functioning as the seat of the Rhine navigation tribunal. Its operational budget is €2.7 million annually.


Legally, the commission's authority comes from agreements made at the
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, held in 1815 in the aftermath of the
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. The first meeting took place on 15 August 1816 in
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. In 1831, the
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was adopted, establishing a number of the first laws governing Rhine navigation. In 1861, the commission's seat was moved to
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, and on 17 October 1868, the
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was agreed to. This agreement still governs the principles of Rhine navigation today. The member states are currently Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. The current revised convention was signed in Strasbourg by the five members of the commission and the United Kingdom on 20 November 1963 and entered into force on 14 April 1967. There have since been additional protocols. Shortly after the end of the
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, the commission's headquarters was moved to Strasbourg in 1920 as a part of the
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. In 2003 the
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European Commission
asked for the permission of the
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Council of Ministers
to negotiate the adherence of the European Union to the regulations of the CCNR and the Danube Commission (1948), Danube Commission, especially given the prospective enlargement of the EU. Individual States of the German Empire, German states were members before the First World War. The United States was temporarily a member immediately after the Second World War, while Germany was under Allied occupation of Germany, Allied occupation, until 1961. Italy and the United Kingdom were also members following the Treaty of Versailles, though Italy renounced its position in 1935 and the UK renounced it in 1993.Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine: Organisation - Member States

See also

* International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River * European institutions in Strasbourg


External links

Commission Website
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