Presidential election and boating: The invited representatives of FIN

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The Fédération des Industries Nautiques had invited the representatives of François Fillon, Benoît Hamon and Emmanuel Macron, on the occasion of its General Assembly. Standards, taxation and recycling were at the centre of the debates.

3 Candidates represented

Within the framework of its general assembly, the Fédération des Industries Nautiques (FIN) presented its development plan for boating and pleasure boating, which we will deal with in more detail in a future article. It is organised around 108 proposals and 5 main axes: competitiveness, market development, sustainable development, the place of territories and major national issues.

After this presentation, on 22 March 2017 FIN invited the representatives of En Marche, the Socialist Party and Les Républicains to discuss the policy to be implemented for the nautical sector.

Were present:

  • Viviane Le Dissez, Member of Parliament for Côtes d'Armor and member of the Commission on Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning, for the Socialist Party.
  • Arnaud Leroy, deputy of the 5th constituency of the French abroad, at the origin of the draft law on the Blue Economy, for the movement En Marche !
  • Bruno Retailleau, Senator of the Vendée, President of the Les Républicains group in the Senate and President of the Pays de la Loire Regional Council, for Les Républicains.

Governance

All participants agreed on the need to better integrate water sports into the governance bodies in charge of maritime and coastal areas.

For Bruno Retailleau,"All the great challenges of the 21st century are linked to the sea, far beyond the environment under which it is often reduced. Tourism, research, innovation, enhancement of maritime identity, we must take into account all aspects of the blue economy to offer a real future to the sector, with a 360° vision.

Taxation and environment

If the representatives of all the candidates supported the abandonment of the anchorage tax project of 2015, differences exist on the ecological taxation to come, for the implementation of the EPR (extended responsibility of the producers. This must support the deconstruction of boats at the end of their life. For the representative of the right, it is a"tax to avoid". On the contrary, Mr Macron's and Mr Hamon's representatives believe that it is relevant, but within a realistic timetable, a slowdown requested by the FIN on numerous occasions.

Arnaud Leroy specifies the position of En Marche! "We're for a 100% circular economy. It is urgent to free the local maritime economy, to promote the territories and to harmonise our maritime taxation with that of the Euro zone. We need EPR at the right pace and at the right price.

Viviane Le Dissez also wants to take time on EPR. "On EPR, as the proverb goes, let us hasten slowly and postpone the date of entry into force

Standards

On the normative aspect, all the candidate teams agree that they want to limit regulatory inflation. The French standard must not be more restrictive than the European standard.

Viviane Le Dissez wants to limit the number of texts. "We must organize the sector, simplify it so as not to multiply the texts, and offer it a concrete investment plan."

An appointment is therefore taken after the presidential election to work on the basis of the FIN development plan.