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Mediterranean and Europe: Current Cooperation and Future Perspectives in Sustainable Tourism

The work programme 2011-2012 adopted by EU and Mediterranean Ministers foresees an exchange of information concerning the policies, activities and projects of the EU and the MED countries on sustainable tourism.

The possibility to extend EU initiatives EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence, promoting sustainable tourism models) and Calypso (enabling tourism in the off-season) to MED countries will also be explored.

The Tourism Policy Unit of Commission DG Enterprise and Industry organised a seminar on Current Cooperation and Future Perspectives in Sustainable Tourism in Mediterranean countries on 21 and 22 June in Brussels.

The seminar focused on exchange of good practices and cooperation between the EU and the Mediterranean Partner Countries. It presented the more recent developments of the EU policy in the field of tourism with a particular focus on sustainability and provided some room for dialogue and debate among all participants.

Interventions from different Commission departments and from the European External Action Service (EEAS) summarised the EU relations with our Mediterranean Partners.

Representatives from Croatia, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia, explained their national strategies to improve sustainability in tourism.
Other stakeholders such as the European Investment Bank, Plan Bleu, the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ascame), the regional network Necstour, and the European Tourism Operator TUI contributed to a lively debate.

Case studies and EU-funded projects were also presented.

  • A message of Mrs Francesca Tudini, Head of Unit ENTR/F1 Tourism pdf - 92 KB [92 KB] français (fr)


Tourism in the Mediterranean: Growth, competitiveness and sustainability pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] Mr L. CABRINI, Director, Sustainable Development of Tourism, UNWTO

Tendances actuelles des politiques de tourisme durable en Tunisie pdf - 207 KB [207 KB] français (fr) Ms N. BOUSSETTA, Director for Studies, Tunisian National Tourist Board

Maroc: Une étoile montante dans le paysage touristique mondial pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] français (fr) Ms N. ROUDIES, Director for Legislation, Development and Quality, Ministry of Tourism, Morocco

Current Trends in Sustainable Tourism - Example of Croatia pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] Ms B. BELOSEVIC, Head of Sector for International Cooperation, Croatian Ministry of Tourism

Tourism Sustainable Development in Israel: The Government’s Input pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] Mr E. NITZAN, Senior Deputy Director General, Infrastructure Development and Investments, Israeli Ministry of Tourism

Euro-Mediterranean Industrial cooperation Sustainable tourism pdf - 220 KB [220 KB] Marie CORMAN, European Commission

Tourisme et développement durable en Méditerranée pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
Mr L. BOURSE, Programme Officer, Plan Bleu

Mediterranean and Europe: Current Cooperation and Future Perspectives in Sustainable Tourism pdf - 766 KB [766 KB] Ms Teresa CALDAROLA, Policy Officer, Tuscany Region, representative of NECSTOUR

Protecting and Presenting Petra to the World pdf - 4 MB [4 MB] Sustainable tourism case presented by Mr M. QUEISI, Commissioner for Tourism & Investment Affairs, Petra Development & Tourism Region Authority (Jordan)

The Lebanon Mountain Trail project pdf - 4 MB [4 MB] Sustainable tourism case presented by Ms Z. HADDAD, Head of the Sustainable Development Unit at Lebanese Ministry for Tourism

The European Investment Bank (EIB): Sustainable Tourism Development pdf - 52 KB [52 KB] Presentation by Mr Campbell THOMSON, EIB, Adviser, jointly with a commercial partner

Mainstream consumer demand for more environmentally friendly and responsible tourism - Mainstream consumer response to changes in the Mediterranean pdf - 1005 KB [1005 KB] Dieter SEMMELROTH, TUI AG, Germany

El Mediterráneo y Europa: situación de cooperación y perspectivas de futuro en Turismo Sostenible pdf - 471 KB [471 KB] español (es) Presentation by Mr. Juan José RIOS MEGINO, Responsible for the Tourism and Trade Department of the Chamber of Commerce of Malaga, Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME)

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