EBI ICOMIAOn Thursday 12 September, at Cannes Yachting Festival, a collaboration agreement between the European Boating Industry (EBI) and ICOMIA was renewed. This partnership aims to bring the interests of the leisure marine industry to the attention of the EU institutions and stakeholders with the aim to advocate for the common interests of the leisure marine industry.

The European Boating Industry (EBI) represents the European leisure marine industry. It encompasses all sectors relating to boating such as boatbuilding, equipment manufacturing, marinas and service providers. EBI is an established stakeholder at EU level, defending and promoting the interests of its members on key issues ranging from Single Market legislation to blue growth, tourism and trade policy.

ICOMIA is an international association, whose full members are global marine industry associations. ICOMIA is a longstanding stakeholder in in the various relevant working groups of the EU Commission and employs technical and environmental specialists who are already engaged in EU related work. Its mission is to act as the voice of the recreational marine industry worldwide to facilitate, influence, inform and research.

Udo Kleinitz, Secretary General of ICOMIA, said:
Europe is a large and important market at approximately 30% of our industry, however not governed by the European Institutions rather than a national government. So naturally, there is great relevance for both organisations in understanding and shaping the developments that affect the marine leisure sector. ICOMIA and EBI have overlapping membership in form of its national member associations. Our members wish us to cooperate rather than duplicate work, so I am very positive about the renewal of the SLA.

Through this agreement, ICOMIA will continue to provide technical and environmental support and ensure cohesive representation of and communication with EBI and ICOMIA members. ICOMIA will assist EBI with advice and expertise in any statistical work or studies that it wishes to commission, including the provision of the annual ICOMIA Statistics Book. EBI will continue acting as the voice of the recreational boating industry in Europe, providing input to policy discussions impacting the sector.

ICOMIA is looking forward to working together with the new Secretary General of EBI, Philip Easthill.

Philip Easthill, Secretary General of EBI, said:
We are delighted to have renewed our partnership with ICOMIA, which shows the strong alignment between our two organisations and we look forward to the cooperation. At a crucial time in discussions on issues ranging from environmental policy to trade and industry policy in the EU, we look forward to working with our colleagues at international level to unite on key issues for our sector and provide input to policy-makers and stakeholders.

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012Philip Easthill43371Brussels, 30.08.2019 – After the recent election of the new leadership of the European Boating Industry (EBI), Philip Easthill was appointed as Secretary-General. He takes up his position from September and follows in the footsteps of Sandrine Devos, who the Council thanks for her strong support over the past years.

Philip Easthill joins EBI after working in Public Affairs and Association Management in the past years. He also has a strong personal connection to the recreational boating industry, having grown up as an avid sailor and worked as a commercial skipper. Together with the Council and its new President Jean-Pierre Goudant, he will be leading the association on the key topics for the industry from skills to environmental policy, tourism and international trade relations.

Commenting on the appointment, EBI President Jean-Pierre Goudant said “We are delighted to complete our leadership team with Philip Easthill as Secretary-General. Representing the recreational boating sector, we look forward to promoting a common vision and engaging with Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and stakeholders across Europe to further develop the positive economic impact of our industry.

Philip Easthill, EBI Secretary-General commentedI very much appreciate the trust placed in me as Secretary-General of EBI and representing this exciting sector. The sector is integral to tourism, job creation in local economies and the success of small and medium-sized companies across Europe. Together with the EBI leadership I look forward to working with the new EU institutions and the key players for the recreational boating sector over the coming years.

About EBI
Based in Brussels (Belgium), close to the European Parliament and in the heart of the EU quarter, European Boating Industry represents the interests of the European leisure marine industry and its members.
The membership of European Boating Industry encompasses all sectors relating to boating and water sports: Boat builders (sailing, motor and inflatable boats), Equipment manufacturers for boats (e.g. engines, electronics, rigging, interiors, sails, paints, etc.), Equipment manufacturers for water sports (e.g. diving, wind and kitesurfing, kayaking, canoeing, etc.),
Infrastructure builders and operators (marinas), and Service providers (trade & maintenance, chartering, schools, maritime expertise, financial and insurance services, etc.).
Today, European Boating Industry counts 11 members, all of them being well-established national associations in Europe. We have also opened to sustaining membership in 2015. Through its members, European Boating Industry has direct contact with over 7,000 companies from all sectors of the leisure marine industry in Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Poland and Spain.

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Monday, 11 February 2019 10:19

EBI Manifesto is here!

PRESS RELEASE – 11 February 2019


European Boating Industry is proud to announce the publication of its Manifesto

The boating industry is a key player for Europe’s industrial future and for its citizens. It provides highly specialized jobs, growth, trade, regional development, it fosters the contact with nature and the oceans, promotes active lifestyle and encourages the social development of the communities invested in it. As we navigate through a period of uncertainty on the global stage, it is vital to focus on our strengths and maximise the opportunities we encounter. The European Union is the primary source of legislation and regulation for the industry, therefore accurately developing a European strategy and monitoring the development in the EU institutions is paramount to the success of the sector. To represent the interests of the industry and to help develop tools to surpass these challenges, European Boating Industry supports the fostering of European know-how, innovation, standardization and sustainability in order to keep the European market an attractive sector for both new and regular users and to be the voice of these excellencies.


For more information, please contact:

Andrea Lotesoriere – European Boating Industry
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Sandrine Devos – European Boating Industry
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PRESS RELEASE – 30 January 2019
The fourth edition of the International Breakfast Meeting focused on the Charter boats business and its challenges

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On January 22nd, the 50th edition of boot Düsseldorf international boat show saw the industry gather at the annual International Breakfast Meeting, jointly organised by European Boating Industry (EBI) and boot Düsseldorf.

The fourth edition drew record numbers of participants, reaching 150 attendees from all over the world. Petros Michelidakis, director of boot Düsseldorf, Robert Marx, president of boot Düsseldorf and Piero Formenti, president of EBI, together welcomed the participants and highlighted the achievements, the challenges and the opportunities for the sector.

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Secretary-General of EBI Sandrine Devos introduced the speakers and moderated the event. The keynote speech was given by Felix Leinemann, Head of Unit at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE). In his intervention, he addressed several issues and topics, ranging from the growing size of the “Blue Economy” to the shifting user behaviour from full ownership to rental or fractional ownership, the end-of-life policies in member states and at the EU level, the lack of cross-border recognition of professional qualifications and, of course, of the growing impact of the Charter business.

After the keynote speech Josie Tucci, sales and marketing Vice-President at The Moorings and Sunsail, took the floor and gave an inspiring presentation, focusing on the history of the charter business as well as a current overview of this sector. In particular, she highlighted the ever-closer cooperation between the charter business and boatbuilders, the innovations driven by chartering such as space and home comfort, navigation equipment, water management and much more. She then continued by analysing the growth of the multi-hulls market as well as the importance of the user experience on board and on the lesson to be learned from the automotive sector.

The next speaker was Fabian Escudé, sales manager at Hermanos Guasch. In his presentation he highlighted the specific needs of the chartering business and how they are addressed in the industry. These needs include the evolving experience the users seek while chartering, such as celebrations and corporate events, tours and fishing experiences, all year navigation and so on. He continued by giving an overview of the charter market in Spain, the negative and positive trends in the sector and a few forecasts for the future.

David Irvine, co-founder and CTO of Enaviga, closed the session with a thought-provoking presentation on the business model of chartering and its future evolutions. In particular he addressed the issue of the gap in the supply chain between users and manufacturers, the lack of focus on the user experience and on innovation, particularly when it comes to automation, sustainable manufacturing and usage models.

A Q&A session followed, where the participants had the opportunity to engage in discussions and network with the speakers and with the rest of the audience.


For more information, please contact:
Sandrine Devos – European Boating Industry
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Lara Hannappel – boot Düsseldorf
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boot Düsseldorf joins EBI family!

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European Boating Industry is pleased to welcome boot Düsseldorf as its newest sustaining member. In the year marking its 50th anniversary, the world class trade fair has joined EBI, sharing our vision on the future of boating. Together we will continue to advance and aid our sector, sailing towards a promising tomorrow.

boot Düsseldorf boasts some truly incredible numbers. In 2019, the 220 thousand square meters of the 16 halls in Düsseldorf will host around 2000 exhibitors from 73 different countries, more than 2,000 journalists and expecting nearly 250,000 visitors from over a hundred countries.
Find out more on boot Düsseldorf and what it has in mind for these 50 years together:



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