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Introducing European Boating Industry & its work

AEB event – Hanseboot (Hamburg), 31 October 2013

Robert Marx, President

European Boating Industry


About today’s presentation

About European Boating Industry

About the EU work & topics

The EESC opinion on nautical industries

Market perspectives

Our trade actions

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The importance of working at EU level

  • Did you know that over 80% of the rules and regulations applied to the boating industry have their origin at EU level?

  • Since 1998, all recreational craft must comply with the same safety and environmental requirements in Europe

  • What about other products and sectors?

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Who we are

  • European Boating Industry is the instrument that already 15 national federations in Europe have decided to use for their representation at EU level

  • European non-profit association registered under Belgian law and based in EU district of Brussels (Belgium)

  • More on www.europeanboatingindustry.eu

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President council 2013 2015

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President & Council (2013-2015)

P. Jasionowski

CEO Ostroda Yachts

- POLBOAT, Poland

P. Sääsk

CEO Saare Paat

- AEB, Estonia

K. Heiberg-Andersen

CEO Windy Boats

- NORBOAT, Norway

C. Sanlorenzo

Secretary General

- ANEN, Spain

  • President R. Marx

  • CEO Marx Technik

  • - BVWW, Germany

  • Vice-President P. Formenti

  • CEO ZAR Formenti

  • - UCINA, Italy

  • Vice-President Y. Lyon-Caen

  • Chairman, Groupe Bénéteau

  • - FIN, France

  • Morgan

  • Former Director Zodiac UK

  • - BMF, UK


About our work in Brussels (1)

  • Monitor all EU legislation & policy developments

  • Bring EU attention on issues faced by sector

  • Cover all relevant areas:- Safety & technical issues (new recreational craft directive 2008-2013)- Environment (manufacturing & use of craft)- Trade (outside the EU)- Internal market (trade inside the EU)- Navigation (boating licenses, flag rules, etc)- Taxation- Any other matters

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About our work in Brussels (2)

  • It is important to maintain a dialogue with EU policy-makers

  • We act as source of information, knowledge and expertise on all issues related to boating and watersports, both below / above 24m

  • We work on a daily basis with EU civil servants and politicians in Brussels

  • We organise direct meetings between EU policy-makers and European businesses

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Maintaining an open dialogue with EU

  • October 2005: Visit of EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs J. Borg at Genoa boat show

  • January 2010: Visit of EU delegation at boot Düsseldorf (Germany)

  • October 2010: Visit of EC Vice-President A. Tajani at Genoa boat show (Italy)

  • January 2012: 2nd visit of EU delegation at boot

  • October 2012: Public hearing on the effect of crisis on nautical industries at Genoa boat show

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The EESC opinion on nautical industries

  • The European Economic & Social Committee (EESC) is a consultative body to the EU

  • The public hearing in October 2012 and the official opinion adopted in February 2013 brought a new light on the issues faced by the sector in Europe

  • The opinion is available in all EU languages onhttp://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.ccmi-opinions.24258

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Key findings of the EESC report (1)

  • The European internal market is still imperfect

  • Sector was severely hit by the crisis: - 40 to 60% for production46,000 jobs lost in Europe3 to 4.5 billion EUR lost turnover

  • Changes in the competition worldwide

  • Inside Europe, nautical tourism is hampered by different national rules

  • Non-discrimination principle should be applied to the free movement of people & services

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Key findings of the EESC report (2)

  • All requirements for construction of craft are harmonised in Europe (RCD)

  • But all the conditions for use are national and different from country to country

  • Fragmentation of the market, confusion of operators, unfair competition

  • EESC calls for an Action Plan for the nautical industry at EU level

  • European Commission announced a Competitiveness Study in 2014

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Market perspectives for 2014

  • 2013 was not a year of recovery, with unequal results within Europe

  • Exports outside EU to North & South America, Asia, Middle East and Australia helped mitigate the effects of a stagnation inside Europe

  • It is generally accepted that we have hit the bottom and that market recovery should start in 2014

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Our trade actions (1)

  • EU forecasts that over next years, 90% of world demand will be generated outside of the EU

  • Our sector is no exception!

  • It became one of our key priorities to support the EU open up more market opportunities for European companies

  • Since 2012, we became actively involved in EU trade negotiations & regulatory dialogues

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EU bilateral trade & investment agreements

  • Multilateral talks at WTO are blocked for several years now (Doha round)

  • EU engages in a bilateral approach:- 29 free trade agreements already in place- 9 on-going negotiations

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Boating industry & trade negotiations

  • April 2012: EU trade mission to Brazil & Uruguay & inclusion of sector in EU-Mercosur negotiations

  • July 2013: Inclusion in the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) with USA

  • Actions for a regulatory dialogue with China and Russia (export procedures, standards & certification, etc.)

  • Experience & feedback from companies is key!

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Boating industry & EU Missions for Growth

  • European Commission’s Vice-President Antonio Tajani invites European Boating Industry to propose CEOs to join EU Missions for Growth

  • Forthcoming EU Missions for Growth:- 12-16 November: Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand- 2-6 December: Peru

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Some available tools to help companies (1)

  • TRIS – Technical Regulation Information Systemhttp://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/tris/

  • TBT – Technical Barriers to Trade agreementhttp://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/tbt/

  • Market Access Database for exportshttp://madb.europa.eu/madb/indexPubli.htm

  • European Customs Information Portalhttp://ec.europa.eu/ecip/

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Some available tools to help companies (2)

  • Enterprise Europe Network3,000 experts in 52 countries worldwidehttp://een.ec.europa.eu/

  • EU SME Centre in Chinahttp://www.eusmecentre.org.cn/

  • China IPR SME Helpdeskhttp://www.china-iprhelpdesk.eu/index.php

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Any questions or comments?

Please ask!

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Thank you for your attention!

European Boating Industry  

Mirna Cieniewicz, Secretary General

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: www.europeanboatingindustry.eu

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