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EU Blue Economy report published with case study on recreational boating

The European Commission published its yearly Blue Economy Report. It is based on 2018 data collected from Eurostat. It includes specific information for each sector in the blue economy, including “building of pleasure and sporting boats”, “repair and maintenance of ships and boats”, as well as “coastal and maritime tourism”. This is broken down at national level for key indicators, such as employment, value added, turnover, gross profit margin and other key indicators.

The report also includes a case study on “The Recreational Boating Industry: Made in Europe” (from page 150). Besides providing key figures on the impact of the recreational boating industry, it also includes information on the policy measures needed to support the sector (access to finance, recognition of skipper qualifications, VAT, as well as others).

The full report can be found here, as well as the country-specific information here and here. The European Commission also provides an online dashboard to view the data here.