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    26 July 2011  
Summertime: Safer and less polluting leisure boats


The European Commission today proposed new legislation that will make the use of jet skis and sailing boats less harmful for European waters.  Scientific studies show lakes and seashores can be seriously polluted by the concentration of nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions resulting from some six million jet skis and motor and sailing boats cruising in the EU. The proposed revision of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) sets stricter limits for NOx, hydrocarbons (HC) and particulate matters for new recreational crafts. Today’s proposal also improves market surveillance, for example by updating the rules on CE marking. Member States will have to ensure that adequate checks are performed both at the EU external borders and within the Union itself, also through visits at the premises of economic operators that will guarantee the immediate prohibition and confiscation of non conform recreational boats.


“The fact that recreational boats are becoming more sustainable, will not only benefit our health and the preservation of the marine environment, but also improve the quality of holiday resorts and boost job creation in the tourism industry. In addition, recreational craft enterprises will save costs and become more competitive, as they will be able to serve the world market with a single production line."

European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship

Vice-President of the European Commission Antonio Tajani    
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