Dating back to the Congress of Vienna (1815), 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 address effectively all the issues concerning inland navigation.

It promotes the development of close cooperation with the other international organisations working in the field of European transport policy and with non-governmental organisations active in the field of inland navigation.

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