Founded in 1982, the EBA aims to ensure boat users are informed and consulted about EU legislation and to make their views known to relevant European Institutions. We work on a wide range of issues that impact upon boating within Europe and when necessary make appropriate proposals to national and European governmental organisations.
With its membership of national federations, which collectively represent the interests of more than 1.5 million recreational boaters and 20 million active participants, the EBA really is the voice for all leisure boat users in Europe.
The rules that pleasure craft must comply with vary from country to country. Although national maritime legislation is the foundation of such rules, potential changes to international and European law originating though the United Nations and the European Union must be monitored to ensure that its impact on recreational boating is proportional and appropriate.
National, Regional, European and International legislation to protect and preserve the environment is continually developing. The EBA is monitoring the initiatives and participating wherever possible to represent the interests of the recreational boater.
Decisions made by the European Union and the International Standards Organisation (ISO) have the potential to impact on the recreational boater. The EBA represents the interests of recreational boater to, wherever possible, ensure developments are favourable.