Recreational Craft Directive (2013)
- Directive 2013/53/EU on Recreational Craft and Personal Watercraft
- The Directive updates legislation covering the design and manufacture of motor and sailing craft.
- It seeks to ensure that, by complying with the same standards, there is fair competition for these products in the EU market.
- Associated documents:
- List of harmonised standards (see bottom of page)
- Guide to the application of the Directive
- Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1 on Watercraft Identification, which lays down rules on watercraft identification, in particular rules on assignment and administration of manufacturers' codes
- List of notified bodies
- RSG guidelines (developed by the group of notified bodies)
Other relevant legislation:
Port Reception Facilities Directive (2019)
- Directive (EU) 2019/883 on Port Reception Facilities for the Delivery of Waste from Ships
- It enhances the availability and use of port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues.
- It sets out a regime for the enforcement of ship-generated waste disposal, including a system for inspections and for the exchange of information.
Personal Protective Equipment Directive (2016)
- Regulation (EU) 2016/425 on Personal Protective Equipment
- It lays down requirements for the design and manufacture of personal protective equipment (equipment to be worn or held by a person to protect them against certain risks to their health and safety).
Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (2014)
- Directive 2014/89/EU Establishing a Framework for Maritime Spatial Planning
- It seeks to enable public authorities to organise human activities in marine areas so as to meet various ecological, economic and social objectives.
- It requires EU countries to draw up maritime spatial plans by 31 March 2021, which should map existing human activities in their marine waters and identify their most effective future spatial development, taking into account land-sea interactions and environmental, economic, social and safety aspects.
- The public and stakeholders must be involved in the process.
Invasive Alien Species Regulation (2014)
- Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014 on the Prevention and Management of the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Alien Species
- It sets out rules to prevent and manage the introduction and spread of invasive alien species in the EU, seeking to minimise and mitigate their adverse effects on EU biodiversity and ecosystems, as well as on human health and the economy.
Biocidal Products Regulation (2012)
- Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 Concerning the Making Available on the Market and Use of Biocidal Products
- It harmonises the EU’s rules concerning the sale and use of biocidal products (such as household disinfectants, insecticides, and other chemicals), while ensuring high levels of protection of human and animal health and of the environment.
Consumer Rights Directive (2011)
- Directive 2011/83/EU on Consumer Rights
- It seeks to increase consumer protection by harmonising several key aspects of national legislation on contracts between customers and sellers.
- It encourages trade between EU countries, particularly for consumers buying online.
Waste Framework Directive (2008)
- Directive 2008/98/EC on Waste
- It establishes a legal framework for treating waste in the EU, designed to protect the environment and human health by emphasising the importance of proper waste management, recovery and recycling techniques to reduce pressure on resources and improve their use.
- It establishes a waste hierarchy.
- It confirms the polluter-pays principle, and introduces the concept of extended producer responsibility.
It requires national authorities to establish waste-management plans.
Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008)
- Directive 2008/56/EC Establishing a Framework for Community Action in the Field of Marine Environmental Policy
- It establishes a common approach and objectives for the prevention, protection and conservation of the marine environment against damaging human activities.
- It requires EU countries to develop strategies to achieve ‘good environmental status’ by 2020.
- It emphasises the need for EU countries to cooperate with their neighbours in marine regions.
- It recognises the importance of spatial protection measures for the marine environment.
VAT Directive (2006)
- Directive 2006/112/EC on the Common System for Value Added Tax
- It updates legislation to clarify the EU’s VAT legislation currently in force.
- VAT is applied to all transactions carried out in the EU for payment by a taxable person, i.e. any individual or body that supplies goods and services in the course of business. Imports by any person are also subject to VAT.
- Taxable transactions include supplies of goods or services within the EU, intra-EU acquisitions of goods (goods supplied in and dispatched or transported by a business from one EU country to a business in another) and imports of goods into the EU from outside.
REACH Regulation (2006)
- Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 Concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
- It addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment.
- It established the European Chemicals Agency, which manages the technical, scientific and administrative aspects of REACH.
General Product Safety Directive (2001)
- Directive 2001/95/EC on General Product Safety
- It requires firms to ensure that items on sale are safe and to take corrective action when that is found not to be the case.
- It introduces an EU rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products. This enables national authorities to share information promptly on any measures taken to withdraw such products from sale.
Water Directive (2000)
- Directive 2000/60/EC Establishing a Framework for Community Action in the Field of Water Policy
- It sets out rules to halt the deterioration of EU water bodies and achieve ‘good status’ for Europe's rivers, lakes and groundwater by 2015.
- Specifically, this includes: protecting all forms of water; restoring the ecosystems in and around these bodies of water; reducing pollution in water bodies; guaranteeing sustainable water usage by individuals and businesses.