Raising the profile of boating
On 15-16 June, European Boating Industry hosted two successful events that raised the visibility and profile of the boating industry at EU level.
The first one was a networking cocktail reception held in the European Parliament in Brussels. It was jointly organised by Piero Formenti, President, EBI and Claudia Monteiro de Aguiar, Member of European Parliament, Chair of the SME Working Group on Tourism. The reception enabled industry representatives to exchange with EU policy-makers on the sector’s priorities in Europe.
The following day, the conference 'Skippers Working Without Borders' offered another networking platform for representatives of the EU institutions, national policy makers and industry stakeholders. The conference also presented the results of the two year EU-funded project on professional skippers’ qualifications on small commercial vessels, called TCC-SCV.
The TCC-SCV project team presented the results of its work which analysed seven national qualifications for professional skippers holding a country specific small commercial vessel licence (SCV). They at the moment can only operate craft under their own flag and have to re-qualify to be eligible to command identical vessels under different national flags in Europe. The project team's online comparison tool provides detailed information about the content of all these qualifications and identifies their commonalities and differences.
In addition, the project team presented its European Common Core Curriculum as a possible solution to facilitate the recognition of qualifications in the future. The Common Core Curriculum is based on the currently identical content of all the examined qualifications from UK, Germany, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovenia. The additional compensation measures would be limited to the truly different competences required by the destination Member State.
As mentioned by the European Commission’s speaker at the conference, the current EU rules, such as EU Treaties or the Professional Qualification Directive, already guarantee free movement of workers and provide a mechanism for recognition. Yet they are often ignored by the public administrations themselves.
European Boating Industry, its members and partners will continue this promising dialogue between the EU institutions and the stakeholders, in order to obtain tangible results for the profession. For the latest news about the project, please visit http://www.tcc-scv.eu/wpdemo/?page_id=19
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