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Parliamentary questions
22 June 2018
E-002347/2018
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission

In line with the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), the Union competence in the field of tourism is one of support, coordination or supplement of Member States' actions.

This excludes any harmonisation of the laws and regulations of the Member States. The EU initiatives for policy therefore focus on the competitiveness and sustainability of the sector by promoting and facilitating stakeholder cooperation and the exchange of good practices. These actions satisfy several EU added-value priorities(1) and benefit all tourism sub-sectors.

Over the 2014-2017 period, the Commission supported the development and promotion of around 50 transnational thematic tourism products. These included, among others, wine-tourism related itineraries, such as SE.TOUR(2) (2014), the Wine Senses(3) (2017), Secret Wine Tours(4) and the Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route(5) (2013, respectively, 2017).

(1)EU tourism policy priorities are: i) improving the business environment and better use of EU financial support; ii) digitalisation; iii) improving skills and competences; iv) joint promotion of Europe
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/tourism/offer/seniors-youth_en
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/29223
(4)http://ec.europa.eu/DocsRoom/documents/6973/attachments/1/translations
(5)https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/tourism/offer/sustainable/transnational-products_en, https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/29223

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