The recreational boating industry is substantially impacted by EU legislation and the development of the Single Market over the last decades. This has allowed it to grow and become a significant sector of the blue economy. EBI promotes the continued development of the Single Market for the industry, which is high internationalised with exports at European and global level.
In January 2016, the European Commission published the first-ever EU Competitiveness Study on the recreational boating sector. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), an EU consultative body, also adopted an own initiative report on nautical industries in 2013. The report, entitled 'Nautical industries: restructuring accelerated by the crisis', identifies the obstacles to future growth in the sector and calls on the European Commission to create a genuine single market for boating. The report is available in all EU languages here.
Take a look at the following sections to understand the key policy issues for the recreational boating industry.
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