Environment: Commission to streamline rules on environmental impact assessments of projects

The European Commission today (26 October 2012) outlined new proposals to streamline legislation on environmental impact assessments. The proposals are intended to lighten administrative burdens and make it easier to assess the potential impacts of major projects, without weakening existing environmental safeguards. Current levels of environmental protection will be strengthened, and businesses should enjoy a … [Read more…]


The European Parliament Tourism Task Force, in line with the Report on “Europe the world’s No 1 tourist destination” (2011),  proposes six priorities to work on for 2012 and 2013 : Cooperation, Tourism for all, Attracting New Flows, Diversification, Quality, Resources.  The Task Force is chaired  the TRAN Chair, currently  Mr Brian Simpson, and the standing Rapporteur from the … [Read more…]

EU signs new partnership with UNESCO on education, culture, science and human rights

A new deal that will boost cooperation, dialogue and help to share information and best practice between the European Union (EU) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was signed between the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, … [Read more…]

Tourism into the EU Cohesion Policy Strategy for the Atlantic Area

The Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) of the European Parliament adopted an opinion on the EU Cohesion Policy Strategy for the Atlantic Area. In the document presented by rapporteur Silvia-Adriana Ticău, the TRAN Committee calls on the Committee on Regional Development (REGI) to incorporate some suggestions in its motion for a resolution. The TRAN official position, regarding the cohesion policy strategy for … [Read more…]

First tourism industry results from RIO+20

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20) officially opened today, June 20 in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil). On the occasion of the Summit, tourism related events took place such as the conference “Green Innovation in Tourism”. The event, organised by the UNWTO, gathered 300 international tourism experts. As highlighted, shifts in tourism practices can produce … [Read more…]

EPP Regions and cities call for a focus on competitiveness and sustainability in European tourism

On the first of June 2012, the European People’s Party Group (EPP) in the Committee of the Regions (CoR) held a meeting dedicated to the role of sustainable tourism in the pursuit of growth, in the city of Faro (Portugal). In view of discussions on the future EU budget, regions and cities called for strengthened investment … [Read more…]

New policies and opportunities for rediscovering European ports

The future of European ports has been discussed during the Sea Ports Conference that took place in the city of Sopot (Poland) from 10th to 11th May 2012. The main topics under debate was port financing and investment, the most important enabling factors behind port development. Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Transport, participated to … [Read more…]

European Parliament recognises small airports as drivers of regional growth

In the last Plenary Session, on the 10th of May 2012, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) adopted a resolution on the future of regional airports and air services in Europe. The resolution highlights the need to unlock the potential of small airports by integrating them in the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T). Regional airports appear … [Read more…]