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Blue investThe BlueInvest Day, organised by the European Commission brought together start-ups and investors in the blue economy. It included pitching opportunities, matchmaking and plenary sessions. The recreational boating industry was showcased in several pitches and represented among the many start-ups participating. EBI led this participation as one the showcase organisations selected by the European Commission and was represented with its own stand.

In the plenary sessions, speakers presented the opportunities for public and private funding for the blue economy. Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius highlighted the policy dimension, which follows from the European Green Deal. A key part of this is investment in the blue economy that can help the sector to thrive and combine sustainability with business success. This also offers substantial opportunities for companies in the recreational boating industry.

BlueInvest Fund

At the BlueInvest Day, the BlueInvest Fund was launched with €75 million equity by the European Commission and European Investment Bank. It will be managed by the European Investment Fund and will provide financing to equity funds that target and support innovation in the blue economy. The condition for funding is that the activity takes place in the marine environment or using marine resources.

BlueInvest Platform

The European Commission's BlueInvest platform supports investment readiness and access to finance for early-stage businesses, SMEs and scale-ups. For more information, please consult the BlueInvest Platform here.
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IMG 20200225 111715With Croatia currently holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2020, it plays a key role in the EU policy-making process and leads the policy discussions at EU level. An EBI delegation therefore met with Ambassador Goran Štefanić (Deputy Permanent Representative, Croatian Permanent Representation to the EU) and Nevenka Žiža (First Secretary for Transport, Croatian Permanent Representation to the EU) to discuss the key issues for the boating industry.

The importance of sustainability for boating industry was highlighted, including circular economy, EU funding for environmental transition and the importance of marinas as connecting point for citizens and marine environment. Furthermore, the role of tourism as an increasingly important and growing aspect of the recreational boating industry was underlined.

Several meetings of national ministers will address the issue of sustainable tourism and maritime industry during the Croatian presidency, including meetings of national Tourism Ministers and Transport Ministers. Tourism is an important element for the country’s Council presidency, and it wants to develop a European tourism brand and to develop tourism opportunities. The EBI delegation was made up of Robert Marx (Council member, EBI & President, BVWW), Yves Lyon-Caen (President, FIN) and Philip Easthill (Secretary-General, EBI).

The EBI delegation also met with the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries to introduce the recreational boating industry and its key priorities at highest political level. The discussion focused on the importance of sustainability for the boating industry, the need for mutual recognition of boating and skipper licenses through a clear legal framework at EU level and the overall challenges and trends in the industry.

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.

Industry4Europe event

EBI SDGsEBI partnered with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, thus strengthening its action for environmental and economic sustainability and its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As a partner to the high-level initiative, EBI leads the environmental engagement of the European recreational boating industry.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2021-2030 as the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to draw attention to the role of ocean health and bring together stakeholders for sustainable development. “EBI is a strong supporter of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we are delighted to now be a partner of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Engagement with the various branches of ocean science is key to develop policy at European level that is geared towards sustainability”, EBI President Jean-Pierre Goudant declared.

The EBI Council committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), among which “Decent Work and Economic Growth”, “Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure” and “Life Below Water” are key areas for the recreational boating industry. “Our industry promotes clean and healthy oceans and we are engaged to achieve economic and environmental sustainability. It is a transition that requires strong support by policy-makers at European, regional and national level. We look forward to working together for these goals within the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development”, commented Philip Easthill, Secretary General of EBI.

More about the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development can be found here.

Navigating a Changing Climate PartnershipPIANC Navigating a Changing Climate

EBI also became an official supporter of PIANC’s Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership. Participants have committed to work together to support the inland and maritime navigation infrastructure sector in their response to climate change. Activities aim at furthering understanding, providing technical support, and capacity building to 1) Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and shift to low carbon maritime and inland navigation infrastructure and 2) strengthen resilience and improve preparedness to adapt to the changing climate.

EBI will be participating to support the further development of environmental sustainability and climate change adaptation policy in the European recreational boating sector.

PIANC is the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure. PIANC members include Governments, corporate members, public and private sector organisations and, individuals from 65 countries around the world.

More about the partnership can be found here.

EMSA EBI meetingEBI met with Maja Markovčić Kostelac, Executive Director of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and key leadership staff to discuss the agency’s new strategy, its new work on recreational boating and common priorities around environmental sustainability and maritime safety.

The discussions centred on the new strategy of the agency covering the period 2020-2024 that will focus on recreational boating for the first time. EBI and EMSA will be working together on topics related to maritime safety and environmental sustainability to develop concrete outcomes.

Both organisations share an understanding of the importance of maritime safety and environmental sustainability. EBI will be engaging with EMSA to develop a positive approach to the issues and represent the European recreational boating industry. The meeting took place at the Lisbon headquarters of EMSA with the EBI delegation consisting of Philip Easthill, Secretary-General of EBI and Stefano Pagani Isnardi, Research Department Manager, Confindustria Nautica.

EMSA provides technical expertise and operational assistance to improve maritime safety, pollution preparedness and response and maritime security. It is an official EU agency and its mission is to serve EU’s maritime interests for a safe, secure, green and competitive maritime sector. EMSA works on maritime safety, security, climate, environment and single market issues.

EBI SDGsEuropean Boating Industry (EBI) partners with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, thus strengthening its action for environmental and economic sustainability and its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As a partner to the high-level initiative the EBI leads the environmental engagement of the European recreational boating industry.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2021-2030 as the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to draw attention to the role of ocean health and bring together stakeholders for sustainable development.

EBI is a strong supporter of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we are delighted to now be a partner of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Engagement with the various branches of ocean science is key to develop policy at European level that is geared towards sustainability”, EBI President Jean-Pierre Goudant declared.

The EBI Council committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), among which “Decent Work and Economic Growth”, “Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure” and “Life Below Water” are key areas for the recreational boating industry. “Our industry promotes clean and healthy oceans and we are engaged to achieve economic and environmental sustainability. It is a transition that requires strong support by policy-makers at European, regional and national level. We look forward to working together for these goals within the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development”, commented Philip Easthill, Secretary General of EBI.

The upcoming EBI International Breakfast Meeting organised at the boot Düsseldorf boat show on 21 January 2020 will bring together the European Commission and the most important industry actors to discuss sustainable boating and decarbonisation. EBI was also involved in the recently-completed Pharos4MPAs project together with NGOs such as the World Wildlife Fund, and research institutes to develop recommendations for marine conservation in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

More about the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development here and the International Breakfast Meeting here.

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In order to promote the positive economic impact and opportunities that the recreational boating industry offers for Europe, EBI commissioned a new graphic for publication on its channels. It shows the key figures per EBI member country, as well as key overall figures. This was also published on the EBI website, social media channels and is available for download here.

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012Philip Easthill43371Philip Easthill started as Secretary-General of EBI in September. He takes up his position from September and follows in the footsteps of Sandrine Devos. He joins EBI after working in Public Affairs and Association Management. 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 lead the association on the key topics for the industry from skills to environmental policy, tourism and international trade relations.

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SLAAt Cannes Yachting Festival, the collaboration agreement between the European Boating Industry (EBI) and ICOMIA was renewed. The 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 agreement was signed by Andrea Razeto (President, ICOMIA), Udo Kleinitz (Secretary-General, ICOMIA), Jean-Pierre Goudant (President, EBI) and Philip Easthill (Secretary-General, EBI).

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EU-U.S.: Call for proposals for regulatory cooperation activities
April 29, 2019

 

European Boating Industry is grateful for the opportunity to comment on the regulatory cooperation activities between the EU and the USA, and warmly welcome the initiative.
We are cooperating closely with NMMA (USA Association of the nautical industries) and ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) as we are convinced that the European boating industry needs a transatlantic approach. Our view is that mutually beneficial economic growth is achievable through tariff elimination, simplified certification procedures and internationally harmonized standards.
As Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström said: trade means jobs. In our case, trade is vital as we are an export-oriented industry.

 
The boating industry in the EU and in the USA
Recreational boating is a significant contributor to the US and European economy, contributing $41 billion in annual US sales through 691,000 jobs and 35,000 businesses. For the European Union, the boating industry is a significant contributor to the economy, accounting for over 32,000 businesses directly employing more than 280,000 people and generating an annual turnover of nearly 20 billion euros. Our industry was vocal during the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) discussion and we would like to reiterate our support of reducing technical barriers to trade that address standards harmonization, regulatory convergence and conformity assessment procedures.


The US and EU are natural trade partners and have a long tradition of exchanges in the boat industry. The US and the EU remain the two largest boating markets in the world and represent about 80% of the world’s production (boats, engines, equipment, components, accessories) and also 80% of the world’s boating market. The US and the EU share similar boating cultures in the way boats are used and recreational watersport activities are practiced. This is further reflected by the fact that the safety and environmental rules are similar in both regions. For instance, the EU revised its Directive on Recreational Craft to align the new limits for engine exhaust emissions with the US EPA Rules.

 
Regulatory convergence and coherence
Fragmented rules place significant burdens on product design and regulatory coherence will improve the business climate in all markets.
Manufacturer costs are reduced when there is a single global standard that would ensure that U.S. and EU boat building standards and certifications are compatible.

We advise you to focus on addressing the following:
1. Certification
   a. Simpler ISO standards
The breadth and complication of ISO standards make it difficult for many manufacturers to interpret and comply. Manufacturers without the ability to dedicate an entire engineering team to ISO standards, will be prevented from understanding complicated ISO requirements like stability, scantlings, windows, hatches and port lights, and drainage. Simple, easy to use, and effective standards models like those employed by ABYC make it easier for manufacturers and engineering teams to comply and therefore produce vessels for international markets. No discernable safety issues can be attributed to the different standards, just complications requiring a high level of expertise.

   b. Better acceptance of ISO standards
The EU Recreational Craft Directive (2013/53/EU), the US Code of Federal Regulations and the US agencies address the legal and mandatory requirements for the boating industry. In Europe, the Recreational Craft Directive is supported by over 60 standards, most of which are harmonized EN ISO standards covering the essential safety and environmental requirements of the Directive. In the US, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) develops and maintains voluntary safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats. ABYC develops standards, through ANSI processes, based on extensive consultation with standards project technical committees, a development technical board, comprised of USCG, industry stakeholders and technical experts.
Although the use of standards is voluntary, increased efforts by the industry have been made in the recent years in order to bring more convergence between the US standards and the EN ISO standards used in Europe. Where technical standards are not harmonised between the EU and the USA, parties should agree to the principle of mutual recognition.
However, there is a lack of Reciprocity of ISO to ABYC or other national standards. Manufacturers who use a harmonised ISO standard are presumed to be in conformity with the RCD. The RCD allows for other standards to be used, but the onus is on the boat builder to show conformity with the RCD essential requirements. Notified Bodies are typically unwilling to accept non-ISO standards as conforming to the essential safety requirements. This creates a monopoly for ISO standards in European markets. We ask negotiators to consider the principle of mutual recognition between ABYC and ISO standards.


   c. Recognition of standards
When the requirements are different but compatible, in the sense that a requirement from one side of the Atlantic is stricter than on the other side, the product which comply with the strictest requirement will comply with the other.
In order to simplify trade between Europe and the US, European Boating Industry propose that the USA and the EU agree on which US and EU standards can be recognised as “substantially” equivalent. In this area, US or EU standards could be used alternatively in the future. Double certification and thus double costs in this area could be avoided.


2. Conformity Assessment: One-stop shop
In order to limit the double cost of conformity assessment for products that are almost identical for both markets in terms of safety and environmental requirements, we propose to allow notified bodies in Europe and their US equivalent bodies to become a "one-stop-shop" being able to offer conformity assessment procedures according to both the EU recreational craft directive and the US regulations, depending on the market destination of the product.
In any case, recreational craft sold on the EU market would have to undergo the assessment foreseen in the EU recreational craft directive, and reciprocally for the US market. The boating industry which is mainly composed of small and medium sized enterprises sees a significant gain at this simplification, which will reduce the costs of trade between Europe and the US without jeopardizing existing regulations in place in both markets.


3. Regulatory dialogue between the EU and US agencies
European Boating Industry also call for a formal mechanism to be implemented that will guarantee a regulatory dialogue between the European Commission and the relevant US agencies (US Coast Guard and Environment Protection Agency) in the field of maritime industries, with a particular attention to avoid additional technical requirements for RCD certified craft.
The calendar could also be aligned: in the USA, the new standards apply once a year, in July. In the EU, this takes place twice a year, with transition periods. This creates perturbations in the application of the new standards.

 
Tariffs
We support the matching and/or the elimination of tariff schedules for recreational craft, their components and other accessories.
The steel and aluminium dispute has dramatic consequences for our industry, as expressed in several letters which we sent to the European Commission. For instance, in Germany, as a result of the higher US tariffs on imports and in response the EU imposition of punitive tariffs, the US shipyards did not offer discounts to their dealers in order to cushion the rise in cost, and US boats were 25% more expensive for EU countries. We encourage negotiators to come to a resolution on steel and aluminium tariffs while ongoing cooperation is being discussed between the EU and the USA.

 
European Boating Industry remains at the disposal of the European Commission for any clarification and additional information on the submitted comments.


The European Boating Industry represents the interests of the European leisure marine industry and its members. Our work facilitates our members’ access to the EU Single Market (for boating industry – a harmonised market) of all Member States and over 500 million people.
The boating industry is a significant contributor to the European economy, accounting for over 32,000 businesses directly employing more than 280,000 people and generating an annual turnover of nearly 20 billion euros.


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