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.
Tourism in the Mediterranean: Growth, competitiveness and sustainability [2 MB] Mr L. CABRINI, Director, Sustainable Development of Tourism, UNWTO
Current Trends in Sustainable Tourism - Example of Croatia [2 MB] Ms B. BELOSEVIC, Head of Sector for International Cooperation, Croatian Ministry of Tourism
Tourism Sustainable Development in Israel: The Government’s Input [2 MB] Mr E. NITZAN, Senior Deputy Director General, Infrastructure Development and Investments, Israeli Ministry of Tourism
Euro-Mediterranean Industrial cooperation Sustainable tourism [220 KB] Marie CORMAN, European Commission
Tourisme et développement durable en Méditerranée [2 MB]
Mr L. BOURSE, Programme Officer, Plan Bleu
Mediterranean and Europe: Current Cooperation and Future Perspectives in Sustainable Tourism [766 KB] Ms Teresa CALDAROLA, Policy Officer, Tuscany Region, representative of NECSTOUR
Protecting and Presenting Petra to the World [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 [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 [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 [1005 KB] Dieter SEMMELROTH, TUI AG, Germany
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)[471 KB]