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Working with Europe

Working with Europe


European Representation for Ireland

Our voice in Europe is more important than ever currently, so you may like to know that Irish Sailing are ensuring you have a voice within the European Boating Association (EBA).

The EBA was established in 1982 to represent and service the needs and interests of pleasure boaters. The aim of the EBA is to ensure boat users views and needs of boat users are shared between countries and inform relevant European Institutions. By working together we can learn from each other’s experiences make a stronger representation for the leisure sector. Areas they predominantly cover are regulations, environment and technical.

The EBA member organisations include representatives from 25 organisations in 16 countries Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom.

Harry Hermon and Gail MacAllister recently attended this year’s meeting via zoom and amongst the subjects discussed were …

  • Skipper Licensing and ICC
  • AIS Virtual Aids to Navigation, equipment, requirements and networks
  • End of Life Boats and any developments on the increasing problem of disposal.
  • The impact of Brexit on acceptance of UK recreational boating certificates

Amongst other subjects such as sailing on German Waterways and Recreational boating regulatory developments in Norway and more.

We will bring you a report on the outcome of these talks as soon as we receive the minutes.

On the subject of End of Life Boats – do you have any ideas, input for this growing problem. We would love to hear from you, please email gail.macallister@sailing.ie.

If you are travelling in European waters and are in need of assistance we can avail of advice from the EBA's regulatory reference guide on your behalf.