EBI and ICOMIA join forces to promote boating

EBI and ICOMIA have renewed their agreement to promote the leisure marine industry across the EU Photo: ICOMIA EBI and ICOMIA have renewed their agreement to promote the leisure marine industry across the EU Photo: ICOMIA

The European Boating Industry (EBI) and ICOMIA have renewed their partnership aimed at championing the interests of the leisure marine industry across the EU.

Representing the European leisure marine industry, EBI encompasses all sectors such as boatbuilding, equipment manufacturing, marinas and service providers. It is an established stakeholder at EU level, defending and promoting the interests of its members on key issues ranging from single market legislation to blue growth, tourism and trade policy.

ICOMIA is an international association comprising global marine industry associations. Like EBI, it is a longstanding stakeholder in the EU Commission and employs technical and environmental specialists who are already engaged in EU related work.

Large and important market

Udo Kleinitz, secretary general of ICOMIA, said he was positive about the renewal of the agreement. “Europe is a large and important market at approximately 30% of our industry,” he said. “There is great relevance for both organisations in understanding and shaping the developments that affect the marine leisure sector.”

Through this agreement, ICOMIA will continue to provide technical and environmental support and ensure that EBI and ICOMIA members are represented. ICOMIA will also provide advice and expertise in statistical work or studies that it wishes to commission, including the provision of the annual ICOMIA statistics book. EBI will continue acting as the voice of the recreational boating industry in Europe, providing input to policy discussions impacting the sector.

Philip Easthill, secretary general of EBI, said that the partnership showed the strong alignment between the two organisations. ”At a crucial time in discussions on issues ranging from environmental policy to trade and industry policy in the EU, we look forward to working with our colleagues at an international level to unite on key issues for our sector and provide input to policy-makers and stakeholders,” he said.

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