With effect from the 1st July 2017 professional yacht crew holding a regular and stable residence in France embarked on a vessel flying any flag must be enrolled under the French social security regime or under the social security regime of another EU state or a country that has entered into a reciprocal agreement for social security with France.
The relevant legislation was passed into French law in March, 2017 through 'Décret no 2017-307'.
A copy of Décret no 2017-307 can be accessed here on our website at the following link:
Décret no 2017-307
The new decree is effecting a very large number of yacht crew employed by Oceanskies Crew Limited and Tom Becker, our native French speaker, has since January of this year been in correspondence with the French government and ENIM who are the agency responsible for the collection of social security payments for seafarers in France.
We have also retained the leading law firm of Ince & Co. in Paris to provide us with legal counsel on the subject.
A seminar on the subject of the new decree was organised by the PYA, GEPY and ItalianYachtMasters in Monaco this week at the Monaco Yacht Club. The seminar was important as for the first time representatives from the French government and ENIM were able to come before the members of the yachting industry to explain and mainly defend the new decree.
Tom was present at the seminar and whilst very little new information was gathered in addition to the advice received from ENIM and Ince & Co, and already distributed to our clients, we can nevertheless report on the following key take home messages:
For further information please do not hesitate to contact Tom Becker here at Oceanskies:
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