In de General Assembly Secretary General Theresia Hacksteiner, having announced to step down at the end of 2019, reviewed the activities of IVR in the past year. Within the context of the overall inland navigation policy and recent developments in the field of innovation and sustainability she drew the attention the challenges for both the inland navigation and insurance sector. New legislation regarding f.e. emissions of vessels and related problems such as lack of existing engines that fulfil these criteria and high costs of investment will challenge the sector. In combination with the problems towards low tides and possible effects of climate change on European waterways the sector will be confronted with many questions which need to be clarified and has to deal with new situations.Traditionally the chair of the Loss Prevention Committee, Ronald Koops, and the Legal Committee, Dr. Martin Fischer, informed the members about the activities in their very fields.The General Assembly was closed by a presentation regarding the role of inland navigation in the Czech Republic. In absence of the Minister of Transport, the presentations were delivered by Vojtech Dabrovski from the Ministry of Transport and Lubomir Fojtu, Director of the Czech Waterway Authority.The congress, offers also numerous networking possibilities, was closed by a boat trip on the beautiful river Moldau.