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Parliamentary questions
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11 December 2017
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-005610/2017

1. The Commission has been supporting the development of sustainable and high-quality tourism through a number of initiatives that contribute to decongesting major tourist destinations, as well as to extending the tourism season(1).

Under the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME), the Commission has co-financed over 40 transnational thematic tourism projects which give more visibility to and diversify the tourism offer, particularly in less well-known destinations. In addition, up to 2016 it has co-funded 33 partnerships which supported various forms of off-peak tourism(2).

The Commission has also put in place a number of tools to improve the sustainable performance of tourism businesses and destinations in economic, social, cultural and environmental terms. These include the European Tourism Indicators System(3), the European Environmental Management Scheme(4) and the recently revised tourism-related criteria of the EU Ecolabel(5).

In addition, private initiatives carried out by the industry(6) as well as by networks of regions such as, among others, NecsTour, Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism(7) contribute to sustainable and responsible tourism in the EU.

2. The Commission is not aware of any assessment of the impacts of the anti-tourism demonstrations that have recently occured in certain EU tourism locations. The Commission will continue to monitor the performance of the sector through data and analysis provided by the Member States, the industry and relevant international organisations.

(1)For more information: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/tourism/offer/sustainable_en

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