OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Presentation by the European Commission of a study on taxation in tourism and of a Commission Staff Working Document on Nautical Tourism (9 November 2017)

A summary of the Policy Department’s presentation on taxation in tourism and of a Commission Staff Working Document on Nautical Tourism is now available.

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Agenda: EP TRAN Committee Meeting (9 November 2017)

The agenda includes items related to energy & climate and transport policy.

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Press Release: The European Tourism Forum focuses on innovation and security in the European tourism sector

The 16th European Tourism Forum, held yesterday in Tallinn, focused on providing digital and innovative travel services and ensuring more convenient and secure transport connections. Altogether, the forum attracted over 170 top European tourism professionals, both from the public and private sectors.

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Joint Statement 14th India-EU Summit, New Delhi, 6 October 2017

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Press Release: The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, opens High-Level Conference on Tourism in Parliament’s Plenary chamber

The European Parliament hosted a high-level conference in Brussels today, International Tourism Day, themed ‘A European strategy to enhance the competitiveness of the tourism industry’. Opening the debate, Mr Tajani declared: ‘Tourism is a key sector for all our Member States, accounting for 10% of GDP and jobs in the European Union. It is an industry in its own right, an essential part of the mosaic which makes up Europe’s industrial fabric.

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Briefing: Research For REGI Committee: The economic, social and territorial situation of Romania – North-West Region

This briefing was prepared to provide information for the visit to Romania’s North-West (Nord-Vest) Region (Cluj-Napoca and Turda) of 18 to 20 September 2017 by a delegation of the European Parliament’s Committee on Regional Development.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation (25 September 2017)

A summary of the Committee’s consideration of draft opinion is now available.

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Event: Polis workshop “Active Travel for Healthy Cities” (Paris, France, 19 October 2017)

Polis, in cooperation with PASTA project will host the workshop “Active Travel for Healthy Cities” during Autonomy’s Urban Mobility Summit in Paris. The workshop aims to present the new Health economic assessment tool (HEAT) and city case studies of the use of HEAT to inform sound transport policy and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP).

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Event: European Tourism Day 2017: What’s the future of EU tourism? (Brussels, 28 November 2017)

This question will be raised at the 2017 edition of the European Tourism Day that will take place on 28 November 2017 in Brussels.The conference will gather around 400 participants (public and private sector tourism stakeholders from around Europe) to exchange views and share good practice on common challenges and opportunities in the sector.

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Event: European Tourism Day (Brussels, 28 November 2017)

We are happy to invite you to the 2017 edition of the ‘European tourism day’ that will take place in Brussels on 28 November 2017. The conference will gather around 400 participants, comprised of public and private sector tourism stakeholders, from around Europe. Participants will exchange views and share good practices on common challenges and opportunities of the sector. This year the European tourism day will address the topic of ‘The future of EU tourism’.

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Event: European Tourism Forum (Tallinn, Estonia, 18-19 October 2017)

The European Commission organises the annual European Tourism Forum in close cooperation with the presidency of the Council of the European Union every second half of the year. This year, the ‘European tourism forum’ is co-organised with the Estonian presidency and takes place in Tallinn from 18 to 19 October 2017. There will be an exchange of views with several institutions. These include public authorities at EU, national and regional level, European associations, international organisations, industry representatives and other stakeholders.

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Opinion: EP TRAN Committee on the on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2018

The draft opinion has been re-issued.

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Rapporteur: Evzen Tosenovsky (ECR)

Visit the procedure in the legislative observatory.

Source: European Parliament (TRAN)

Merger Case: Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of GTA by Cinven and CPPIB

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control over GTA of Switzerland by Fifth Cinven Fund, managed by Cinven Capital Management (V) General Partner Limited (“Cinven”) of the UK, and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”) of Canada. GTA is engaged in intermediation of travel services, in particular business-to-business intermediation of hotel accommodation. Cinven is a private equity firm providing investment management and investment advisory services. CPPIB is an investment management organisation which invests the funds of the Canada Pension Plan. CPPIB and Cinven jointly control the Hotelbeds Group, a travel service provider, and Travel Holdings Parent Corporation, a travel brokerage company. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns given the companies’ moderate combined market positions resulting from the proposed transaction and the presence of a number of strong competitors providing hotel intermediation across the EEA and at national level. The transaction was examined under the normal merger review procedure. More information will be available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8520(For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou – Tel.: +32 229 13740)

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Event: High-level Conference On Tourism (Brussels, 27 September 2017)

The European Parliament will host a high-level conference on tourism in Brussels on 27 September from 14.00 to 19.00 CET. The conference is being organised at the request of President Antonio Tajani, with the support of parliamentary committees.
The conference will bring together political leaders, policy makers and stakeholders to debate these challenges in three panels:

  • How to attract more investment, improve the business environment and upgrade skills
  • Tourism innovation and digital economy
  • Promoting Europe as the number one tourist destination

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