EBI discusses new policy positions

Members of European Boating Industry (EBI) have met for the second yearly General Assembly to discuss the latest industry developments after a turbulent first half of the year for the industry.

The discussion centred around the future positioning of the association, providing support and a platform for its advocacy activities at EU level. Five new position papers were presented on international trade, VAT, Environment, Nautical Tourism, and Industry & Single Market policy following a six-month development process.

Members also discussed the latest developments related to Covid-19 that will remain in the focus of EBI’s activities in the coming months.

Supporting boating companies in the recovery, and working towards a successful 2021 season, will take centre-place. Since the start of the crisis, EBI says it has led the industry’s engagement through dozens of meetings with Members of the European Parliament, Member State representations, and European Commissioners to successfully present the concerns of the recreational boating industry.

“Our industry has the potential to take advantage of new business opportunities in an environment that has fundamentally changed over the last months,” says EBI President, Jean-Pierre Goudant. “We will lead the way and work with our members, partners and the EU institutions in ensuring a bright future for the recreational boating industry.”

In addition, the Slovenian Marine Industry Association has been accepted as a full member of EBI while the International Marine Certification Institute was accepted as a sustaining member.

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