EP disappointment on the absence of a specific budgetary line on tourism

Brian Simpson, member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament (TRAN), recently presented a draft opinion on the proposal for a Council regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the years 2014-2020. He calls on the Committee on Budgets (BUDG) to incorporate different suggestions regards tourism industry relevance in Europe, and highlights EU transport sector as the backbone of the internal market, the basis for free movement of people and goods as well as for economic, social and territorial cohesion.

Mr. Simpson recalls that tourism is a new Union competence under the Lisbon Treaty, which should be reflected in the next MFF, stressing the important contribution of tourism to the Union economy and believing that the European strategy for tourism should be supported with adequate funding for the next period.

Rapporteur Gesine Meissner, member of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), underlined the same problem, in late June, in the draft opinion on the General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2012. She calls in the same way on the BUDG Committee to incorporate a set of suggestions in its motion for a resolution, reiterating the disappointment on the absence of a budgetary line on tourism.

As far as the new programming period 2014-2020 is concerned, the European Parliament called, in its resolution of 13 July 2011 on Europe, the world’s No 1 tourist destination – a new political framework for tourism in Europe, for a specific tourism target to be involved in a Programme on Competitiveness and SMEs.

The TRAN Committee agreed to continue in the two existing preparatory actions on tourism in 2013: promotion of European and transnational tourism products with special emphasis to cultural and industrial one; tourism and accessibility for all.

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