Opinion Factsheet  

European Strategy for Coastal and Maritime Tourism

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Opinion Number: CDR 2645/2014
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 07/10/2014
 
underlines the need to underpin the EU's strategy goals with adequate funding opportunities provided within the new financial framework and to fully respect the subsidiarity principle;
stresses the need for European coastal and maritime regions to develop local strategies aimed at promoting distinctive local features, thus increasing their visibility as tourist destinations based on their uniqueness;
stresses that islands, outermost regions and other remote locations are highly dependent on air transport, ferry and boat connections and calls upon the Commission to properly consider their specific features;
maintains that coastal and maritime tourism must benefit local coastal communities and thus argues for specific measures promoting local hiring, the sourcing of local products and developing local food systems; considers that such a commitment to act locally will improve the efficiency of coastal and maritime tourism offers, reinforce local employment and generate jobs in sustainable farming, fishing and services, thus also helping to achieve the EU's goals concerning social and territorial cohesion and rural development;
calls upon the Commission to facilitate labour mobility in the tourism sector through Erasmus Plus and to set up an exchange and training programme for coastal and maritime regions, particularly for young people and in the low season, to enhance vocational training opportunities, sharing of best practice examples and to foster entrepreneurship among this workforce.
The final opinion was received with much interest by both DG MARE and DG ENTR who followed its elaboration closely. The Rapporteur was subsequently invited to a range of high level events organised by the two Directorates. He was also asked to join the steering committee of the Atlantic Action Forum alongside the DG MARE director and the Chair of PECH committee.

The Opinion was broadly discussed in the Portuguese and Azorean media.

Finally, the Opinion was also commented within the CPRM as the Rapporteur became its new Chair shortly after the adoption.
THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS:



- underlines the need to underpin the EU's strategy goals with adequate funding opportunities provided within the new financial framework and to fully respect the subsidiarity principle;

- stresses the need for European coastal and maritime regions to develop local strategies aimed at promoting distinctive local features, thus increasing their visibility as tourist destinations based on their uniqueness;

- stresses that islands, outermost regions and other remote locations are highly dependent on air transport, ferry and boat connections and calls upon the Commission to properly consider their specific features;

- maintains that coastal and maritime tourism must benefit local coastal communities and thus argues for specific measures promoting local hiring, the sourcing of local products and developing local food systems; considers that such a commitment to act locally will improve the efficiency of coastal and maritime tourism offers, reinforce local employment and generate jobs in sustainable farming, fishing and services, thus also helping to achieve the EU's goals concerning social and territorial cohesion and rural development;

- calls upon the Commission to facilitate labour mobility in the tourism sector through Erasmus Plus and to set up an exchange and training programme for coastal and maritime regions, particularly for young people and in the low season, to enhance vocational training opportunities, sharing of best practice examples and to foster entrepreneurship among this workforce.

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European Commission

Smart cooperation in coastal and maritime tourism: Encouraging transnational partnerships through clusters and networks

 
19 Jan
 

European Commission

European Commission launches call for proposals: "EU tourism for senior and young travellers"

 
16 Nov
 

CoR Plenary Session

The opinion, presented to the Plenary, attracted a lot of attention from the Members and the press community and was adopted almost unanimously. The rapporteur stressed that what was urgently needed is a far more coherent and ambitious tourism strategy between local, national and EU governments. The EU should focus its efforts to encourage those coastal regions whose economies rely so heavily on tourism to exploit their unique local and regional services and products, whilst protecting the environment. It is important to improve regional cooperation so as to share knowledge on tourism. The Committee raised serious concerns about the poor connections and transport infrastructure for some coastal regions which is restricting the flow of tourists and subsequently holding back growth. It calls for sufficient funds from the EU budget 2014-2020 to be made available to support tourism in coastal regions and enhance their sustainable infrastructure.

 
06 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur elected new CPMR PresidentPresident Vasco Alves Cordeiro was elected by the CPMR Members to take over as the new President of the organisation.

 
26 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Azores awarded 'Platinum Quality Coast'; the Rapporteur receives the newly created prize on behalf of the RegionAzores are the only destination awarded the Platinum Quality Coast. The region's outstanding performance across the set of sustainability indicators (nature, environment, local culture and identity, tourism and business), led the jury of the Award to create a new classification, ranking above 'Gold'. Azores are recognised as the most sustainable and desirable European coastal destination.

 
05 Sep
 

European Commission

The Council and the Parliament adopt the new Maritime Spatial Planning Directive. The Directive will facilitate the development of coastal and maritime tourism, which currently faces increasing competition for space and limited ecosystem resources.

 
22 Jul
 

Council

Council conclusions on the Integrated Maritime Policy

 
25 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

Seminar on "Beyond the high season - promoting sustainable tourismthroughout the year", Ponta Delgada, Azores.This event, co-organised by the Government of the Azores and the NAT Commission, attracted over 100 local participants and was widely reported in the regional press and television.

 
05 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

The NAT commission adopted the draft opinion at its commission meeting.

 
04 Jun
 

Council

Council conclusions on the Mid-Term Review of the EU’s Maritime Transport Policy until 2018 and Outlook to 2020

 
04 Jun
 

Council

Council conclusions on cultural heritage as a strategic resource for a sustainable Europe

 
19 May
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

The NAT commission appointed Mr Vasco Ilídio Alves Cordeiro as a rapporteur for the opinion on European strategy for coastal and maritime tourism

 
07 Apr
 

European Commission

High Level Conference on Coastal and Maritime Tourism in AthensOrganised by the EC and the Greek Presidency of the EUAttended by the CoR Rapporteur on Blue Growth, Adam Banaszak (PL/ECR)

 
09 Mar
 

European Commission

New brochure on coastal and maritime tourism published

 
09 Mar
 

Council

Informal Ministerial Meeting for Tourism in Athens

 
09 Mar