Review of EU passenger ship safety legislation
By the end of the year, the European Commission is going to propose news legislative mesures to reinforce EU passenger ship safety. This revision of the current legislation is a reply to the recent Costa Concordia accident.
According to Siim Kallas, commissioner for transports, this revision is going to promote the adoption of voluntary measures, to reinforce implementation and control of the rules as well as to adopt additional measures. The main issue remains the size of the ships and the number of passengers.
In order to associate all stakeholders to this legislative revision preparation, a public consultation had been opened. To take part in it : click here.
Challenges and Opportunities for Maritime and Coastal Tourism in the EU
A public consultation on maritime and coastal tourism has been launched last week at the joint initiative of Vice-president Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, and Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Indeed, in the context of the Europe 2020 Strategy, and in particular the Blue Growth concept (sustainable growth from oceans, seas and coasts), coastal and maritime tourism will have an important role to play, requiring a thorough analysis and involvement of all interested parties.
Therefore, the consultation aims at defining what actions can be envisaged to reap the full potential of a sustainable and smart coastal and maritime tourism. More specifically, the three main axes of the questionnaire are:
I - How to render maritime and coastal tourism more competitive?
II - How to address environmental implications of tourism and its socio-cultural aspects?
III- How to stimulate tourists from third countries to visit Europe and encouraging EU nationals to discover coastal regions?
All stakeholders are invited to submit their comments and suggestions by 9 July 2012.
European Tourism Label for Quality Systems
To increase the competitiveness of the European tourism sector and to achieving a EU level playing field for providing high-quality tourism service throughout Europe, the European commission is planning to create a "European Tourism Label for Quality Systems" that would unify the wide range of initiative that currently exist.
The objective of this public consultation is to define the principles and criteria to be used by European tourism stakeholders for ensuring the development and provision of quality tourism within the EU.
The consultation deals with the issues of the definition of such a system, its possible implementation, the criteria to be selected and its impact.
It is a great opportunity to defend European island tourism and to make your voice heard !
Consultation on the future of the Maritime Antitrust Guidelines
A public consultation with stakeholders was launched by the European commission in order to prepare the revision of the current guidelines on maritime transport services.
The current guidelines for operators active in liner shipping and tramp vessel services states how to assess compliance of their business practices with EU competition rules. These temporary guidelines will come to an end on September 2013 and the future orientations are supposed to suppress progressively all sectorial exemptions. As a result, the public consultation focuses on whether there is still a need for sector specific guidelines in the maritime transport sector.
To take part in the consultation, please follow this link.
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