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New leisure boat rules to help business and the environment

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In the summertime, Europe’s waters come to life with several million motor boats, sail boats, jet skis and other recreational crafts. These tourist favourites are set to become safer and cleaner, with new legislation making the use of such crafts less harmful to the environment.

The recreational craft industry has attracted the interest of the European Commission because of its impact on the environment and its economic significance to EU enterprises. To ensure better consumer and environmental protection, and to keep up with international trade partners, the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) was revised to include a number of new safety and ecological requirements.

In addition to the environmental benefits, the Directive creates clear, streamlined EU regulation on product safety, design and construction, which will in turn improve market surveillance. In particular, the rules on CE marking – the certification which states whether a product has been assessed and meets EU safety, health and environmental protection requirements – will be made clearer.

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