Insuleur defends the Mediterranean union as a worldwide nautical tourism reference in Brussels
Insuleur defended, on the last 8th of May in Brussels, the need to join forces in the promotion of nautical tourism in the Mediterranean, in order to present itself to foreign markets as a unit and become one of the top destinations worldwide, in the public hearing "The European Strategy on Coastal and Maritime Tourism: Handicaps and Challenges for our Islands", organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Mallorca (Spain) as a farewell of Insuleur's presidency.
The meeting, opened by the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki; the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Henri Malosse, and until now Insuleur president, Joan Gual de Torrella, brought together, at the EESC, high agents of European institutions, ambassadors and authorities from country members.
During the last five years of Mallorca's mandate, Insuleur rejected the insularity barrier in economic and social development of European territories, while claimed measures to counteract these differences in front of peninsular areas on relevant issues such as tourism, transport, energy or environment.
On this time, the Network of insular chambers of commerce became a leader on nautical tourism issues for the European Commission, after it has joined Blue Chamber, the first European network to defend the interests of SMEs in maritime affairs; has worked closely with the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR), has organized several forums and international audiences and created a services platform for Mediterranean nautica, Nauticaleurope.
The Greek Georgios Benetos, from the Professional Chamber of Piraeus, has now become Insuleur's president, while Mallorca entity assumed the General Secretariat. All together will continue to demand compensations from the socio-economic obstacles faced by islands.
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