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Working together for the future of European tourism, 2001

Commission Communication to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Working together for the future of European tourism (COM/2001/0665).

This document is the final milestone of the "tourism and employment" process launched in January 2000. Within this framework, Member States, the tourism industry and the major civil society stakeholders confronted five key issues: information, training, quality, sustainable development, and new technologies. As a result, the Commission communication advocates several key objectives, such as:

  • Promoting dialogue with the tourism industry and other interested parties;
  • Fostering networking services and support functions;
  • Ensuring good use of the EU's instruments to the benefit of the tourism industry;
  • Promoting sustainable development;Defining and disseminating assessment methods and tools to monitor the quality of tourist destinations and services.

Reactions of other European institutions

Following the Commission communication:
the Council of Ministers unanimously adopted the first resolution specifically on tourism on 21 May 2002;

the Economic and Social Committee issued its opinion on 18 September 2002 (CES 1009/2002).

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