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The European boating industry is a highly internationalised sector that exports the majority of its products, both inside and outside the EU internal market. Traditionally the boating industry has exported within the EU and to North America but now it is increasingly exporting to emerging markets in Asia, South America, Middle East and Russia. This is a challenging task, however, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises, which account for the majority of companies in the boating sector. European Boating Industry is working with both European companies and the European institutions to try to ease access to these emerging markets, but giving the current political climate in countries like Russia or difficulties with identifying the provisions in China, the progress here is slower than expected.
European Boating Industry has also welcomed and supported the launch of the free-trade negotiations with the USA called the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) three years ago. Together with its US counterpart the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), European Boating Industry submitted to the EU and US authorities a joint working paper in which they outlined the objectives they wish to achieve under the current trade negotiations. Both organisations believe that TTIP could be for the boating industry a significant milestone for improving and simplifying trade conditions between the US and Europe for thousands of small and medium-sized companies in the boating industry.
European Boating Industry has also been following the recently concluded trade negotiations with Canada, although we did not demand to be included as a specific sector during the talks.
Training and qualifications in the boating industry are quite fragmented across Europe. Although many national marine industry associations across the EU have developed their ownnational training activities, skills and qualifications are not harmonised and often not recognised in other Member States. European Boating Industry believes that the development of a European curricula for professions within the boating industry (such as boatbuilding jobs, surveyors, brokers, sailing instructors and engine maintenance) would raise the level of professionalism within the industry, attract more young people, and improve the mobility of workers through the better recognition of skills and training. For more information about training courses available in your country, please contact your national association. Links to our members’ websites can be found at: http://www.europeanboatingindustry.eu/about-us/about-us-members.html
SOLVIT is an EU instrument used to solve cross-border disputes, typically regarding professional qualifications acquired in a Member State and which may not be automatically accepted in another Member State. Today, the EU regulates about 700 professions (mainly in the health sector) and the default rule is that EU nationals can freely practice professions that are not regulated, like skipper or diving instructor for instance. The reality and the testimonies made by professionals through years show a much more complex situation and the reluctance in certain cases of EU Member States to accept professional qualifications others than their own. Professionals facing such situations should seek assistance via the SOLVIT desk where individual cases can be submitted. More about SOLVIT on http://ec.europa.eu/solvit/
Market surveillance is conducted by national authorities and guarantees safety, environmental protection and fair competition across Europe. As of 18 January 2016, the new EU directive on watercraft 2013/53/EU applies which further strengthens the market surveillance. A dedicated page was created to provide full information on these important changes. Take a look at our EU RCD Guide available in various languages.
In June 2014, the EU Directive 2011/83/EU on consumer rights entered into force. The Directive now prevents Member States from adopting less or more stringent provisions than those laid down in the Directive (with some exceptions). It applies to any contract concluded between a trader and a consumer, sets out formal requirements for distance contracts, information on the rights of withdrawal by the consumer, and the obligations of the trader and the consumer. The main provisions are: the right to withdrawal with a 14-day cooling off period; pre-contractual information; rules on delivery; and rules on repairs, replacement and guarantees. The objective was to introduce greater consistency in the consumer law across Europe and a number of countries will now have to adapt their national legislation in accordance with the directive.
The full text of Directive 2011/83/EU can be found at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:304:0064:0088:en:PDF