The Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection today voted in favor of the Opinion on New Challenges for European Tourism. Tourism under the Lisbon Treaty can not be unified for all Member States. However, if the EU wants to maintain its competitiveness with the emergence of new cheaper destinations around the world, the Committee considered it necessary to return tourism to the EU agenda, they said today from the office of Croatian Parliamentary Representative Biljane Borzan.

More 2010. the European Commission has embarked on the campaign "Europe - the First World Tourist Destination" with ambitious goals for increasing employment and achieving economic growth. Unfortunately, already 2013. The European Commission has given up on this plan. Meanwhile, in the world, a number of destinations have developed distinctiveness with a significantly cheaper offer, and the need to increase the competitiveness of European tourism reappears.

Tourism is the key sector of the European economy, which is also run by a number of other sectors, and makes up 10% of GDP of the EU. It is anticipated that the number of international tourists in the EU will increase for 140 millions each year to 2025.

The amendments of the Croatian representative to the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Board were also adopted Biljana Borzan to include in the future strategic documents the easier access to financing of public utilities from the EU in tourist destinations.

"In Croatia during the season there is often a great deal of pressure on communal services. Croatia is also successfully carried by a large number of municipalities and cities that build infrastructure tailored to bigger demands through EU funds. However, the procedure is long-lasting and complicated. That is why I have proposed a simple approach to such financing, in particular, in the Croatian case for waste and waste water. I believe that it will be used by domestic and foreign consumers ", Borzan said.

Its proposal was also adopted that consumers who Online buy and search for vacation options provide full information on all relevant details of the offer package.

"Even a 95 percent of consumers use the Internet to book annual vacations. We need to ensure the availability of information in their language and the protection of their personal and financial information. We must not forget that the data of the currency of the new age and that their protection must be ensured ", Borzan said.

According to data from the European Consumer Centers, appeals pertaining to trips each year make 30-35 a percentage of complaints.

It calls for better cooperation between member states, respecting the principle of subsidiarity, particularly in the area of ​​taxation, travel documentation, innovation and transport.