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Do-it-yourself Estonians make EU directives accessible

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ASSOCIATION OF ESTONIAN BOATYARDS
PRESS RELEASE
18.03.2015

Estonia and France are the first two countries to have translated the EU Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) mobile app into their native language.

The Estonian small craft industry is on the rise, but Estonian companies are relatively small compared to boatyards in the rest of Europe. This means that entrepreneurs are on the lookout for clever solutions and have a do-it-yourself mentality. Small companies cannot afford to have specialized product compliance departments like larger companies do. This requires very wide know-how from local boating industry professionals.

This is why Estonia is one of the first countries to launch the RCD guide app in their native language. This user friendly guide breaks down the directive and explains its key points in simple terms. The app makes the directive easily accessible even to the smallest boatyards on the coast of Estonia.

Head of the Estonian Small Craft Competence Centre (SCC), Anni Hartikainen, says that local boat builders need to deal with huge product development investment needs, and studying the new EU directive is another task on the list. “The Association of Estonian Boatyards decided to translate the application into Estonian to minimize the barriers on their way to the European Single Market,” said Hartikainen.

The EU RCD guide was translated into Estonian by the SCC and the Association of Estonian Boatyards and co-financed by European Regional Development Fund. It will be presented on Friday, 20th of March at the Tallinn International Boat Show – the biggest of its kind in the Baltic States.

Estonian Small Craft Competence Centre

The Small Craft Competence Centre, a member of the Association of Estonian Boatyards, is a small-craft-specialized research institution of TUT Kuressaare College. The Centre develops professional know-how in Estonian small craft engineering, offering research and development services in the fields of boat design, model testing, material technologies and test production of marine electronic systems

About the application

On 18 January 2016 the new EU Recreational Craft Directive on boats, personal watercraft, engines and components will come into force. European Boating Industry and ICOMIA developed the EU Recreational Craft Directive guide to provide small craft builders with all they need to know to safely manufacture, import, distribute and sell their products in the EU Single Market, the EEA and in Switzerland. www.europeanboatingindustry.eu/appsite

 

Contact:

Anni Hartikainen
Head of Small Craft Competence Centre
+372 514 5968
anni.hartikainen@ttu.ee