A key element of the Single Market is the improvement of product compatibility and the promotion of safety and environmental protection. Therefore, harmonisation of product technology and test standards regarding marine equipment materials and equipment is essential.
The legal framework for this sector covers a variety of materials and equipment related to life-saving appliances, firefighting and fire protection, navigation, radio communication and marine pollution.
Recreational craft is defined as any craft intended for sport or leisure purposes, regardless of the type or the means of propulsion, with a hull length of 2.5 to 24 metres. The recreational craft industry – a part of the broader maritime industry – has an important impact on the EEA in terms of employment and turnover.
In the general context of their competitiveness policy, the EEA EFTA States have concluded Mutual Recognition Agreements with the United States and Canada in order to facilitate two-way trade of recreational craft with those countries.
Marine equipment is covered by Annex II, Chapter XXXII of the EEA Agreement. This product sector is the responsibility of the Working Group on Technical Barriers to Trade, assisted by the Expert Group on Marine Equipment.
Recreational craft are covered by Annex II, Chapter XXXI of the EEA Agreement. This product sector is the responsibility of the Working Group on Technical Barriers to Trade, assisted by the Expert Group on Recreational Craft.
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) - Maritime Industries
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) - Recreational Craft Sector