A renewed tourism EU policy: towards a stronger partnership for European Tourism, 2006
Communication from the Commission - A renewed EU Tourism Policy - Towards a stronger partnership for European Tourism ( COM/2006/0134 [156 KB] ).
This document highlights the potential of tourism to generate employment and growth, the two main goals set by the Lisbon Strategy. To this aim, the commission proposes a renewed European tourism policy which involves the Member States' authorities and the stakeholders.
Competitiveness and sustainability are the key-points of the Commission's proposal to meet challenges such as changing demography, external competition and the demand for specific forms of tourism. A more competitive and sustainable tourism industry would contribute to confirm Europe's leader position as tourism destination.
The Commission also considers dialogue and partnership amongst stakeholders and with the public authorities a fundamental tool to implement this tourist policy.
Commission Vice-President Verheugen presented an outline of this policy in his keynote speech at the 2005 European Tourism Forum.
Reactions of other European institutions
Following the commission communication:
the Council of the European Union issued its conclusions on a renewed tourism policy [116 KB] on 25/09/2006;
the European Parliament adopted its resolution on 29/11/2007;
the European Economic and Social Committee issued its opinion on 14 December 2006.