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TOPIC: European Boating Association (EBA) virtual meeting 16 October.

European Boating Association (EBA) virtual meeting 16 October. 18 Oct 2020 23:01 #119095

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Andy

There sounds like some positive things happening.

Well worth the DBA having an input.

Especially the 20m rule on the Rhine, which many look forward to.

Thank you.
Paul

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European Boating Association (EBA) virtual meeting 16 October. 18 Oct 2020 22:02 #119094

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European Boating Association (EBA) virtual meeting 16 October.

I joined the EBA 6 hour virtual meeting on Friday 16 October. The technology – GoTo Meeting supported the 30 contributors well – with only a local problem for the Spanish representative on the Canaries.

I am only reporting on those issues relevant to barge owners.

The association is in good financial fettle – helped by virtual meetings! The Chairman emphasised the importance of face to face meetings and the benefit of individuals interaction outside the main meeting to identify and clarify issues – especially as there may be language barriers or misunderstandings.

EBA has two position statements on skipper licensing and the ICC. They are to be amalgamated to make the policy clearer. (Wider recognition of the ICC)

ES-TRIN – there continues to be slow progress on review of the rules applying to recreational boats. The French, Belgian and Dutch governments have now made individual proposals which do not all match! Nothing is likely to change for at least another year.

The Rhine (CCNR) – an increase in the length of boats from 15m to 20m allowed on the Rhine, in line with German national rules, with an ICC is likely to be agreed in the near future. EBA now has a German Vice President and Mona will be following this up on behalf of EBA. (discussion of this issue sadly exposed the fact that EBA have not been monitoring CCNR developments as no-one in the Secretariat (RYA) had the language skills to monitor the papers)
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Andy Soper
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