The Conference was organised by the Croatian EU Presidency and Industry4Europe, a coalition of over 150 industry associations promoting a strong EU industrial strategy. EBI is a longstanding member of the coalition and was a sponsor of the event held on 21 January in Brussels.

Several high-level speakers from the EU institutions spoke at the event:

  • Goran Štefanić, Deputy Permanent Representative of Croatia to the European Union
  • Darko Horvat, Croatian Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Craft
  • Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, MEP, Chair of the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
  • Lucie Studničná, President of the Consultative Commission for Industrial Change (CCMI) of the European Economic and Social Committee
  • Mario Antonić, State Secretary, Croatian Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts
  • Carlo Calenda, MEP, Member of the European Parliament Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
  • Mr Gwenole Cozigou, Acting Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission

Key points addressed during the event were the role of European industry to implement the European Green Deal, the importance of small and medium-sized companies, and industry as backbone of the European economy. The EU should lead in innovation and developing the products, technologies & business models of the future.

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The European Commission published recommendations by a group of experts, the Strategic Forum on Important Projects of Common European Interest, to boost Europe's competitiveness and global leadership in six strategic and future-oriented industrial sectors: Connected, clean and autonomous vehicles; Hydrogen technologies and systems; Smart health; Industrial Internet of Things; Low-carbon industry; and Cybersecurity.

Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEIs) comprise innovative research projects that often entail significant risks and require joint, well-coordinated efforts and transnational investments by public authorities and industries from several Member States. The aim is to invest jointly in Europe's industrial strengths and assets to generate jobs and growth across sectors and regions and strengthen the EU’s role on the global stage. In addition to recommendations specific to each of the value chains, the report also identifies horizontal enabling actions:

  • Pooling public and private resources at EU, national and regional levels, which the EU should coordinate, targeting industrial deployment and the commercialisation of new technologies
  • Deepening and integrating the single market through regulations and new standards
  • Mapping and developing the skills needed across the value chains
  • Making innovation systems in Europe more dynamic, with a focus on regional strengths and public-private partnerships
  • Setting a governance process to monitor technological and industrial changes, identify emerging strategic value chains and evaluate the progress of work on these value chains

The report is part of the Juncker Commission's efforts to strengthen Europe's industrial base and will contribute to the next Commission's work on a new long-term strategy for Europe's industrial future.
For more on this initiative, please see the factsheet and the full report.

The Recreational Craft Directive regulates key aspects of boat building, as well as that of certain components. The latest revision dates from 2013 and has been applicable since January 2016.

The Directive contains review clauses, meaning that the European Commission is obliged to review the Directive and its application with the possibility of proposing legislative changes. This process is due to formally start in early 2020 and will likely end in 2022. It will include reports analysing the Directive and a potential legislative proposal to change the RCD. This would then be subject to the legislative process in the Council and European Parliament. The review will likely focus on the feasibility of exhaust emission reductions, potential requirements for evaporative exhaust emissions, the current design categories and potential need for further subcategories. A third-party study will provide the underlying basis for the review and will be awarded to a contractor towards the end of 2019.

Members have been informed about the review and are asked to provide input to EBI by mid-December. EBI will closely follow the review process and engage with it in order to represent the recreational boating industry. Any questions or input should be brought to the attention of the EBI Office.


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European Boating Industry is pleased to announce that Industry4Europe, an initiative we strongly support and are proudly part of, is moving forward!

The coalition has issued a Joint Call to the candidates for the 2019 European Elections, which is now available on the new Industry4Europe website for 27 Member States! Several of our members co-signed their national version as well.
Do not forget to download the EU version of the manifesto here.

The objective of these manifestos is to encourage the candidates to the next European Elections to put Industry as the top priority during the next institutional cycle, which will last from 2019 to 2024, and to put forward an ambitious long-term industrial strategy for the Continent. Over 130 industry associations are part of the coalition and, by circulating the manifesto, the message will echo all over Europe and will help raise awareness on this key issue.

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