29th April 2013
The European Boating Association (EBA) met for the first of its two General Assemblies of 2013 on the 19th and 20th April in Palma Mallorca, Spain. This was a successful meeting involving 28 people from 23 member organisations representing the interests of 16 European countries.
The EBA agreed two new position papers. The first the EBA’s position on the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) and secondly a new paper on the importance of allowing small craft to transit through offshore wind farms. Both position papers can be found on the EBA website under Regulatory matters.
The meeting also discussed a draft position on the benefits of Yacht Tourism to Europe, as this is an emerging topic within Europe. It considered the potential impact of the Water Framework Directive on recreational boating across Europe, heard concerns relating to the implementation of the Maritime labour Convention 2006 and received information on the progress of the revised Recreational Craft Directive and on the International Standards Organisation Technical Committee 188 for small craft (ISO TC188).
The EBA is looking forward to its Autumn General Assembly which will be held in Århus, Demark in October 2013.