Welcome to the online Regulatory Reference Guide (RRG). It offers you the opportunity to search, sort and consult the rules impacting the recreational marine. The ICOMIA Secretariat invites all MIAs to check and update their sections frequently. We are sure that you will appreciate this very informative tool.

Please note: Currently, due to our recent website transition, the RRG is can not be edited by our members. MIAs will be informed as soon as it is possible to make updates. Before then, if you would like to update your country’s section, you can email your changes to

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Updated date Country Criteria
October 22, 2008 Greece Taxation

VAT on new boats 18%, and 3.6% on used boats in force.

October 22, 2008 Greece Safety Equipment

National regulations for equipment to be carried in force.

October 22, 2008 Greece Registration

All boats must be registered regardless of their length.

October 22, 2008 Greece Product Liability

All EU states apply Directive 1999/44/EC

October 22, 2008 Greece Operating Limits

Safety regulations for personal watercraft in force.

December 14, 2007 Hungary Operating Limits

In certain areas (because of enviromental protection) motorboats are not allowed for personal use, and some areas have speed limit restrictions.

December 14, 2007 Hungary Taxation

VAT on every type of boats is 20% and refundable for business use (charter, instruction etc.).

Belgium Taxation

VAT 21% on all goods since 1 January 1996, including pleasure craft. First Registration tax payable on new boats above 7.5m LOA when putting them in use. At each re-sale this registration tax or B.I.V. is due again and decreases by 10% per annum (with a minimum tax of 62.50EUR). When selling a used boat from a dealer to an individual, VAT is applicable.

August 30, 2007 Belgium Styrene Levels

50 ppm inside continuously in force and 100 ppm temporarily (15 min.)

August 30, 2007 Belgium Operating Limits

Pleasure craft from less than 6m LOA not allowed to leave coastal harbours at wind velocities above 4 BFT (wind from the sea) and 5 BFT (wind from the land).