Mr. Cozzolino (MEP): improving international cooperation on tourism for a sustainable development in the Mediterranean

Tourism is one of the most important economic resources for Mediterranean countries, and even the southern shore has seen a resurgence of international arrivals after the post-2011 crisis, "But greater institutional and political stability is fundamental to any policy of development and growth, and we must help this process by investing more in foreign policy and cooperation," has stated the Hon. Andrea Cozzolino newly elected to the European Parliament, Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union, including the EU-Morocco, EU-Tunisia and EU-Algeria Joint Parliamentary Committees - in an interview with UNIMED, at the occasion of the "Fostering Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean Region" event held on 9 October 2019, in Brussels.

9 October 2019, Brussels – “All the available data tell us that tourism will be one of the most productive factors of growth in the next few years at a global level and therefore it is very important to build a network of relations with the countries on both shores of the Mediterranean to put policies in place, especially in the field of sustainable tourism” stated Mr. Andrea Cozzolino - newly elected member of the European Parliament - in an interview with UNIMED, on the occasion of the international conference "Fostering Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean Region" held on 9 October 2019 in Brussels and organized by the Sustainable Tourism Community - an initiative of the Interreg MED programme.

"We must build a policy on tourism based on sustainability with all the countries of the Mediterranean, and in particular with the southern shore countries," stated Mr. Cozzolino - from this perspective we must also highlight an evolution of community and territorial cooperation programmes such as INTERREG that should provide the resources necessary to make very strong innovative start-up policies in these territories”.

Tourism, in fact, is one of the most important economic resources for the Mediterranean countries, and even the southern shore has seen a resumption of international arrivals after the post-2011 crisis, "but greater institutional and political stability is fundamental for any policy of development and growth, and we must contribute to this process by investing more in foreign policy and cooperation," stated Mr. Cozzolino - Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union, including the EU-Morocco, EU-Tunisia and EU-Algeria Joint Parliamentary Committees.

The conference was organized by the Sustainable Tourism Community - an initiative of the Interreg MED Programme - to promote new development models and management tools for tourist destinations developed by 18 territorial cooperation projects over the past three years. Representatives of local and international political institutions, as well as of the partners of the Sustainable Tourism Community took part in the conference "Fostering Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean Region" on 9 October 2019 in Brussels, which was also an opportunity to present the policy recommendations drawn up by the MED Sustainable Tourism Community to promote tourism as a tool for sustainable development throughout the Mediterranean.

"From a common commitment of the local and international actors of the Mediterranean promoting sustainable tourism, can come out an extraordinary experience and a great opportunity of growth for both shores of the Mediterranean", concluded Mr. Cozzolino