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Newsletter May 2012

At the end of the month EBI members will meet in Hamburg for the Assembly General meeting and a Council meeting. It will be the occasion to present the progress achieved on our various EU dossiers and also discuss the current economic situation in Europe and outside. On the EU scene, the European Parliament’s main committee decided to postpone its vote on the recreational craft directive until 21 June and two Committees presented their opinions. European Boating Industry travelled to South America as part of the first ever EU business delegation.
Other developments include the suspension of the embargo on teak wood from Burma, the opposition of the European Parliament to a price increase of diesel, and new harmonised EU-wide rules on consumer law as of June 2014. Finally, there is an open consultation on the revision of the EU directive on passenger ships which could include in the future ships built by our industry.

A. EU issues of direct relevance

  • Recreational Craft Directive: European Parliament adopts two opinions; vote in lead committee postponed
  • Trade: Participation in the first ever ’Mission for Growth’ in Brazil and Uruguay

B. Other EU issues

  • EU suspends embargo on Burmese teak wood
  • Consumer law now harmonised throughout Europe
  • MEPs vote against phase-out of diesel tax advantage

C. Open EU funding opportunities

  • New call for proposals under LIFE+ funding programme

D. Make your voice heard – Open EU Consultations

  • European Commission launches consultation on passenger ship safety

E. Calendar