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Main points of the speech of Mr Christos Papoutsis, European Commissioner for Tourism Travel and Tourism Employment, given at the Intergroup Tourism
 
 
Main points of the speech of Mr Christos Papoutsis, European Commissioner for Tourism Travel and Tourism Employment, given at the Intergroup Tourism 


Strasbourg, February 16th 1995


"TOURISM SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE NEW TREATY"


The revised Maastricht Treaty, which will be negotiated by next year's IGC, "should contain a special reference to tourism, so that the issues that are related to this sector can obtain the weight that they merit in the decisions taken" in the framework of the general political activity of the European Union.

This point has been stressed by Mr Christos Papoutsis, Commissioner responsible for Energy, SMEs and Tourism, in a speech he gave today at the "Intergroup Tourism" in Strasbourg, in which he repeated mainly what he said during the public hearing at the European Parliament on January 9.

The "Intergroup Tourism" consists of Members of the European Parliament who have an interest in tourism and representatives of the tourist industry and other bodies participate in its regular meetings .

As Mr Papoutsis said, tourism "represents 6 % of employment in the European Union and 6% of its GDP", while it "constitutes an important and dynamic sector of European economy. Without putting into question the competences of the regions and the Member States with regard to tourism policy, I believe that it is important to reinforce the role of the European Union in this field".

The Commissioner said that in his view the new Treaty "should contain a special reference to tourism" and added that "the specific way in which this reference should be made in the Treaty is an issue which should be examined after the completion of the consultations which will follow adoption of the Green Book with the aim of recognising tourism as a special policy of the European Union".

Further, the Commissioner stressed the following points :

- "One of the characteristics of tourism is its links with the protection
of our heritage, i.e. the natural environment and our culture. Tourism
which respects environment contributes to the well-being of the sector,
the economic and social development of the regions and the permanent or
temporary employment of an important part of the labour force,
especially young people and women".

- "The importance of the environment for tourism is not only limited by
the need of reducing the negative environmental consequences. Tourists
are an important source of revenue for the regions they visit".

- "The capital gained from tourism could be used for the restoration of
old buildings, control of river and sea pollution from industry and the
general protection of the touristic environment"

Finally, Mr Papoutsis referred to the Action Programme for tourism and
said :"in the coming months the implementation and extension of the action
programme for tourism should be promoted with the following basic
priorities :

- improvement of knowledge on tourism activities
- coordination of Community and national policies in relation to tourism
- promotion of experimental activities and new types of tourism
- international co operation in the field of tourism".

IP/95/142

 

 
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