Throughout the course of this year, the associations of the yachting industry (including the PYA, GEPY, IYM, MYBA, ECPY and Riviera Yachting Network) as well as various commercial companies and legal experts have been actively working to try and amend or reverse the French Social Security decree, which had been instilling grave concern over the future of the yachting industry and the economy in the South of France.
On Monday 11th September, it was announced that a decision in principle had been received from Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to amend the decree on French social security payments for seafarers, which has been in effect since July 1st.
Following on from our report to members on Tuesday of the information published by la Fédération des Industries Nautiques (FIN), further IMPORTANT INFORMATION has since been issued by MYBA to clarify some of the misunderstandings that have been circulating in the industry.
“Whilst it is true that representatives of the industry have been told by the French government that the Decree will be modified to allow French resident seafarers to choose between affiliation with ENIM or another social security scheme, any modification will have to be made as part of the next social security finance law, to be voted before 31 December 2017 and coming into force in early 2018.
UNTIL THEN, the Decree remains in full force.”
For the full details please read, in full, MYBA's statement.
It is also important to confirm that on 12th September 2017 ENIM changed their interpretation of the Decree to include private yachts as well as commercial vessels, which means that French resident crew working on private yachts are now also affected.
The PYA would like to remind you that despite comments to the contrary you may have seen on social media, any modification to the decree DOES NOT mean that there will be no social security obligations for yacht crew. The French government will still have to fulfil its obligations under MLC 2006 to provide social protection of seafarers.
Of course until the next stage of the dialogue is underway, we still have many unanswered questions. However the fact that the government is finally open to consultation from the yachting industry is positive news.
We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.