SUSTAINABLE TOURISM PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT FOR EUROPEAN INSULAR DESTINATIONS
SEMINAR ON ISLAND TRANSPORT-BALEARIC ISLANDS
The Challenges of Cultural Tourism in the European Islands 5th OTIE Summer School
Energy Union and Smart Islands' Public Audition
Please find here the presentations delivered during our Public Hearing at the European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels, on the 10th of July 2015 :
Olympia's INSULEUR Event - Economic Impacts of the Cruise Industry on Coastal and Insular and River Destinations
Please find here the presentations delivered during our event at Olympia on the 23th of May 2015.
Please click here for the interview of President BENETOS that took place during the Forum.
Insuleur defends the Mediterranean union as a worldwide nautical tourism reference in Brussels
Insuleur defended, on the last 8th of May in Brussels, the need to join forces in the promotion of nautical tourism in the Mediterranean, in order to present itself to foreign markets as a unit and become one of the top destinations worldwide, in the public hearing "The European Strategy on Coastal and Maritime Tourism: Handicaps and Challenges for our Islands", organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Mallorca (Spain) as a farewell of Insuleur's presidency.
The meeting, opened by the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki; the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Henri Malosse, and until now Insuleur president, Joan Gual de Torrella, brought together, at the EESC, high agents of European institutions, ambassadors and authorities from country members.
During the last five years of Mallorca's mandate, Insuleur rejected the insularity barrier in economic and social development of European territories, while claimed measures to counteract these differences in front of peninsular areas on relevant issues such as tourism, transport, energy or environment.
On this time, the Network of insular chambers of commerce became a leader on nautical tourism issues for the European Commission, after it has joined Blue Chamber, the first European network to defend the interests of SMEs in maritime affairs; has worked closely with the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR), has organized several forums and international audiences and created a services platform for Mediterranean nautica, Nauticaleurope.
The Greek Georgios Benetos, from the Professional Chamber of Piraeus, has now become Insuleur's president, while Mallorca entity assumed the General Secretariat. All together will continue to demand compensations from the socio-economic obstacles faced by islands.
Public Hearing: “The European Strategy on Coastal and Maritime Tourism: Handicaps and Challenges for our Islands”
The next 8th May, Insuleur, the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union, organizes a Public Hearing entitled 'The European Strategy on Coastal and Maritime Tourism: Handicaps and Challenges for our Islands', to present the position of the Insuleur about the issue and to exchange views with the representatives of the European institutions on the implementation of this Strategy in island regions.
The European Commission has presented a new strategy to promote coastal and maritime tourism in Europe. Recognizing the potential of this sector for sustainable growth and job creation, the strategy presents 14 EU measures to help coastal areas and their businesses to meet the challenges they face and to strengthen the position of the sector as a key driver of the blue economy of the European Union. These specific measures are accompanied by a division of works that Member States, Regions and Stakeholders can achieve to complete these EU measures. Coastal and Maritime tourism, which includes the nautical tourism, the spa tourism, cruise and navigation tourism, is a key driver for the economy of many coastal and island regions in Europe.
This event will take place, from 9.15 to 14.30, at the Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Rue Belliard 99, Brussels.
13th Annual Forum of Insuleur
13th Annual Forum of INSULEUR, the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union, was held in Gozo (Malta) on the last 8th November 2013, with the title "Europe 2020 strategy in insular regions through active citizenship".
The Balearic Islands agree on a business mission to Malta to discuss island and tourism issues
The trade mission of the Government of the Balearic Islands and the Chamber of Commerce of Majorca to Malta concluded successfully last 31st May, after an agreement: a visit from the business representation of Spanish islands to the country next months.
An island delegation, led by the regional general manager of Institutional and External Relations, César Pacheco; the president of INSULEUR and the Chamber of Commerce of Majorca, Joan Gual de Torrella, and its general secretary, Antoni Grimalt, traveled to Malta on 30th May, with the aim of fostering institutional and commercial relations between both island territories.
As part of this visit, the entity cameral built bridges between the industrialists and the Islands, in sectors such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and tourism, among others, while shared experiences and knowledge on energy, marine, tourism and air communications.
Common front to defend the island in the EU
The Balearic representatives joined forces with the Maltese, for the recognition of the insularity disadvantagesin the European Union. In this regard, they agreed to work on a future common brand product from European islands.
For two days, the representation of the Government and the Chamber of Commerce held several meetings with the Minister of Economy, Investment and Small Business, Chris Cardona; the Minister of Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, Helena Dalli, and the State Minister for Gozo island, Anton Refalo.
They also met the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry of Malta, David G. Curmi, and President of the Hotels and Restaurants Association of Malta, Tony Zahra. There were also visits to Gozo Chamber of Commerce, INSULEUR member.
The delegation also met with Spanish Ambassador in Malta, Felipe de la Morena, in order to know his views on the situation in the country, and the president of the Malta Film Commission, Peter Busuttil, to study the Maltese audiovisual model as international film location.
This trade mission, which will be filled with a Maltese delegation visit to the Spanish Islands coming months, as happened last 20th May with South Aegean regional government, was coordinated by the Economic and Social Development Council of Malta.
Public Hearing: 'Entrepreneurship in the islands: enough to have enthusiasm?'
The next 5th July, Insuleur, the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union, organizes a Public Hearing entitled 'Entrepreneurship in the islands: enough to have enthusiasm?', that aims to discuss the impact of the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan on the Island territories generating an open and fruitful exchange between the representatives of the island territories and policy makers in Brussels.
This event will take place, from 10.30 am, at the Committee of the Regions premises, Rue Belliard 99, Bruxelles.
The Balearic Islands and the South Aegean boosted cooperation between both territories in politics and business
The mission of a regional delegation of the South Aegean to the Balearic Islands concluded the 21st May successfully, after meeting with representatives of institutional and business Spanish archipelago. For two days, organized by the Balearic Government and the Chamber of Commerce of Majorca, the Greeks learned firsthand Balearic reality, especially in tourism and technology.
The regional president, José Ramón Bauzá; the presidential councilor, Antonio Gómez, and the president of iNSULEUR and the Chamber of Commerce of Majorca, Joan Gual de Torrella, received the South Aegean Regional Government and representatives of Hellenic Chambers of Commerce, with aimed at boosting cooperation between the two territories, both in commercial and diplomatic, and act as an insular lobby within the European Union.
In this sense, the governor of South Aegean, Giannis Macheridis and Balearic President signed a cooperation agreement to defend the island needs of both territories to the EU.
The delegation also met with the chairman of the Port Authority of Balearic Islands, José María Urrutia, and the CEOs of Ports and Airports and Rural and Marine Affairs, Antonio Deudero and Margaret Mercadal, respectively.
Also held in the entity cameral, a round table with the participation of regional CEO Institutional and External Relations, César Pacheco, and marine industry, tourism, maritime transport, construction and engineering, environment, technological university representatives.
Accompanied by General Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce of Majorca, Antoni Grimalt, Greek group visited the Balearic Technological Innovation Park (ParcBit), where they were received by the managing director of the Balearic Foundation for Innovation and Technology (FundacióBit), Miguel Bernat; Innovation coach at the same entity, Rafael Soler, and the head of the Innovation Park, Antonio Viader.
The tour in the technology center’s installation included with a visit to the business incubator, the University Laboratory of animation and audiovisual technologies (LADAT - UIB) and the Microsoft Innovation Center in Tourism Technologies (MICTT). Also attended the Environmental Technology Park from Majorca (TIRME), where its CEO, Rafael Guinea, explained its operation. The mission ended with a meeting in the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB).
Through this trade mission, which will be completed with the visit of a Balearic delegation to the South Aegean in the coming months, the Islands bring their experience and knowledge to developing tourism Aegean islands. Meanwhile, the Greek delegation shared with locals business development in its advanced communications and maritime transport, as well as insular policies, which have a large presence in the political agenda of the country.
The institutional and business delegation was form by the Governor of the Southern Aegean Region, Giannis Macheridis; the vice Governor of Tourism, Employment, European Programs, International Cooperation and Regional Institutions, Eleftheria Ftaklaki; the opposition leader, Babis Kokkinos; the President of the Hotel Association of Rhodes, Antonis Kampourakis; the expert councilor for European Affairs of the Helen Union of Chambers, Yiorgos Assonitis; a representative of the Dodecanese Chamber of Commerce, Nikos Geronikolas, and one of the Cyclades Chamber of Commerce, Panagiotis Theodorakis.
INSULEUR joins forces to promote the economy of the Mediterranean islands
The current president of the Network of Chambers of Commerce European Union Island (INSULEUR) and head of the Chamber of Commerce of Mallorca, Joan Gual de Torrella, advocated a joint action plan for the Mediterranean in the frame of the celebration of the XIII FORUM of Chambers of Commerce of Adriatic and Ionian (AIC FORUM), which took place the 15th and 16th May in Bosnia.
Public hearing regarding the future for islands and mountains of the EU at Brussels on November the 29th
The next 29th November, Insuleur, the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union, and Euromontana, the European Association of Mountain Areas, are organising a public hearing as Insuleur's Annual Meeting, entitled "2014-2020: Which future for our islands and mountains?" to have an exchange of views with representatives of mountain and islands territories.
This public hearing aims to discuss the institutional proposals on the future of the European cohesion policy and to contribute to the debate from the perspective of territories and economic players directly impacted by decisions, and it is supported by the EESC and is under the high patronage of the Republic of Cyprus, as President of the European Union.
INSULEUR presents its views on specific problems facing islands at the public hearing of EESC
The EESC study group on specific problems of islands held its third meeting in the Mallorca Chamber of Commerce on 17th February. In this framework a public hearing was jointly organized by the EESC and the CCI Mallorca in order to hear the voice of different speakers of the islands, mainly from Balearic Islands (see program of the hearing): Members of the European Parliament native of islands, regional authorities, trade unions, researchers, business representatives and other representative of both the private and public sectors.
The speakers recalled the difficulties faced by islands due to the natural characteristics of the territories. The challenges are mainly the connections between the islands and the mainland and between the islands themselves. This refers to the port and airport issues (management, equipment, productivity and capacity, taxes). Energy is also an issue (storage problems, renewable energy, etc.) as well asagriculture. The necessity to invest in R&D&I, in training and education, in infrastructures was clearly expressed.
Juan Gual, the President of INSULEUR, presented the INSULEUR contribution to the study group works (see below the full position in French and synthesis in English, French and Spanish). Cohesion, tourism, air traffic, security, energy was the main issues addressed by President Gual.
An informal meeting of the INSULEUR Board of Directors took place in Palma de Mallorca on February 16th
An informal meeting of the INSULEUR Board of Directors took place on 16th February in the Chamber of Commerce of Mallorca. It gave the opportunity for several Presidents of insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the President of INSULEUR and the technical committee to meet and discuss different issues:
This was also the occasion to introduce the newly elected President of the Gozo Business Chamber, Mr. Michael GRECH, and to welcome the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Îlesde Guadeloupe, Ms. Colette KOURY. The President of Group I of the European Economic and Social Committee, Mr. Henri Malosse, also took part in the meeting.
The CPRM asks for more flexibility and proportionality for Islands during its conference on Cohesion Policy
On February the 8th a meeting took place at the Committee of the regions, based on the question « How can the 2014-2020 cohesion policy integrate the Island dimension? ». At first an expert on regional development and two members of the European Commission made a review on the situation. Then, the Islands, the member states and the MEPs gave their points of view.
All agree that while facing great geographical, demographic and economic challenges, the Islands also have great opportunities for development. To grab these opportunities, the islands must be attractive for both Europeans and non-Europeans. Thus, a multi-sectoral and asset-based approach on Islands is required from the European institutions. In islands areas, European regional funds must be both proportional (to the over costs of local infrastructures, travel etc.) and flexible (since the islands structural situation is different from the one of the continent, they cannot strictly apply the "thematic concentration" on research and innovation asked by the European commission).
For further information: http://www.islandscommission.org/index.php?act=2
INSULEUR takes part in the setting up of a working group on tourism along with other EU Chambers of Commerce
A new Tourism working group has been set up by the assemblies of Spanish, French, Italian and Greek chambers of Commerce (i.e CAMARAS, ACFCI, UNIONCAMERE and UHCCI) in addition to the Insuleur network.
The group will aim at promoting tourism as an EU priority, while implementing common concrete activities to increase the quality and attractiveness of European tourism services.
Reduction of greenhouse emission from maritime transport
The European Commission opened a public consultation on greenhouse emission from shipping. The EU institutions are working on different policy options to address the reduction of greenhouse gas emission in the maritime sector.
According to the international MARPOL convention, the sulfur emission will have to be reduced to 0,1 by 2015 % in areas of emission control of sulfur (namely the North Sea and Baltic Sea) and 3,5% elsewhere. The European Parliament would like to go further and apply the 0.1% limit to the whole EU territory.
If you want to give your opinion on the way this reduction could be implemented, do not hesitate to take part in the consultation until 19 April 2012.
More information: http://ec.europa.eu/clima/consultations/0014/index_en.htm
Pact of Islands, an initiative emphasized by 400 MEPS
Mid-January, around 400 Members of the European Parliament signed a declaration supporting the Pact of Islands which makes "Islands working together against climate change". This support had been initiated by Spyros Danellis (S&D, Greece), Maria Da GraçaCarvalho (PPE, Portugal), GiommariaUggias(ADLE, Italy), Alyn Smith (Greens, GB) etKyriacosMavronikolas (S&D, Cyprus). The Pact of Islands initiative is similar and parallel to the initiative of the "Convenant of mayors".
The objective of the project is to meet a series of demanding climate and energy targets (20% CO2 emission) by 2020.The initiative aims to develop action plans for sustainable energy island to achieve the main objective of the project and give support to bankable projects. INSULEUR takes part in the project as member of the advisory committee.
Regional State aides: opening of a public consultation by the European Commission
According to the free trade principle, no State aids are allowed by the treaty establishing the European Union. However, certain aids are accepted when dealing with the development of regions in trouble. These regional state aids aim at encouraging investment, employment and new businesses and is dedicated to both big and small enterprises.
The frame within which these aids can be allocated is negotiated for each European budgetary period. As a result, the frame for the 2014-2020 period is currently under debate. The European Commission opened a public consultation on this issue. INSULEUR will answer the consultation paper. We also invite you to send your comments directly to the European Commission.
Join us at the OTIE workshop on new trends of tourism in the European islands!
On the 22nd and 23rd March 2012, OTIE (the observatory on tourism in the European islands) organizes a workshop at the European Economic and Social committee, in Brussels. This workshop will focus on the "new trends of tourism in the European islands" and within this benchmark its Technical Scientific Committee will present the preview of the First Report on Tourism in the European Islands. The program is already available on http://www.otie.org/en/_pdf/news/Provisional_program.pdf).
OTIE realizes since 2007 statistic studies and documents of research to identify current issues of Tourism in the European Islands. It is composed by public institutions, Universities, Research Centres and other international organizations of 7 UE insular countries (Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, Malta and Cyprus).
Mallorca will hold in february a public hearing of the EESC Working Group regarding islands
Mallorca Chamber of Commerce (Balearic Islands) will organize on 16th and 17th February 2012 in Palma de Mallorca a public hearing in the framework of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Working Group preparing a report on islands.
The hearing as such will be held on Friday 17th with three panels, each addressing a specific issue. Visits will be organized on Thursday 16th and a meeting of the INSULEUR's Board of Directors will also be held on the same day (relevant members will soon receive a personal invitation). In the following dates, we will provide you a detailed program as soon as possible.
We really encourage you to attend the hearing which will give you the opportunity to voice the Island businesses' positions and interests to members of the EESC and to European policy makers, especially to Members of the European Parliament that show a special interest in the islands issue.
The European Council and the European Parliament start discussions regarding Cohesion Policy 2014-2020
Following the presentation by the European Commission of its proposals for structural funds post 2013, the European Council and the European Parliament have started discussions regarding this issue. Bellow those lines you will find an article written by INSULEUR regarding this issue (in French, English version coming soon).
Depuis la présentation le 6 octobre dernier par la Commission européenne des propositions sur les fonds structurels post 2013, la Présidence polonaise du Conseil a mené des discussions dans le cadre de 13 réunions de groupe de travail « actions structurelles » du Conseil.
Pour rappel, la Commission a proposé plusieurs changements important portant sur la conception et la mise en œuvre de la politique de cohésion : principes de partenariat et de gouvernance multi-niveaux, de développement durable, de conditionnalité, etc.
Notamment la création d'une nouvelle catégorie de régions, les régions en transitions, qui concerne les régions dont le PIB par habitant est compris entre 75 et 90 % de la moyenne de l'UE à 27 et vise à remplacer le système actuel d'instauration (« phasing in ») et de suppression (« phasing out ») progressives de l'aide lié à l'éligibilité de chaque région. Les régions moins développées continueront de concerner les régions dont le PIB/habitant est inférieur à 75 % de la moyenne UE 27 et les régions les plus développées celles dont le PIB/habitant est supérieur à 90 % de la moyenne UE 27.
La Commission a également inscrit dans sa proposition la concentration des aides des fonds structurels sur quelques priorités thématiques (recherche et innovation, efficacité énergétique et énergies renouvelables, aide aux PME).
Le Conseil « affaires générales » a eu un échange de vues le 16 décembresur notamment la programmation stratégique et de la concentration thématique. Les Etats membres se disent favorables au principe de la concentration des aides des fonds structurels sur quelques priorités thématiques, tout enrappelant la nécessité d'une certaine souplesse dans la fixation de ces priorités.
INSULEUR continuera de suivre le processus d'adoption du paquet législatif et prendra position dans les semaines à venir sur les principaux éléments de la future politique de cohésion qui auront un impact sur les îles ou qui devront être intégrés afin de favoriser le développement des territoires insulaires.
Calendrier des travaux :
- Début 2012 : présentation du futur cadre stratégique commun par la Commission. Ce cadre doit fixer les priorités et les types d'investissements qui serviront chacun des objectifs thématiques de la future politique de cohésion.
- 1er trimestre 2012 : suite des négociations au Conseil et des discussions au Parlement européen.
Pour plus d'information :
Propositions de la Commission européenne du 06/10/2011 (dans toutes les langues) :
Echanges de vues du Conseil « Affaires générales » sur la politique de cohésion 16/12/2011 :
INSULEUR issues a joint statement regarding management of ports and airports of the EU
INSULEUR, the network of the insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU, held its XI Forum in Cagliari on 21 October 2011 on "Infrastructure and Transport: Territorial cohesion and economic growth for the islands". You may find the agenda of this meeting in the following links in english, français and italiano.
You may find bellow this text the final version of this Joint Statement in five different languages.
INSULEUR held on 21 October its annual Forum on infrastructure and transport for the islands
INSULEUR, the network of ICC island of the EU, held its annual Forum in Cagliari (Sardinia) on October 21 on the theme: "Infrastructure and Transport: Territorial cohesion and economic growth for the islands."
The General Assembly of INSULEUR took place the day before. A joint statement was adopted among the members on port and airport management and the need to take into account the specificity of the island regions in EU policies.
See the text of the joint statement:
Cagliari will be the meeting point of INSULEUR’s members in October 20th and 21st
The city of Cagliari (Sardinia) will become October 20th and 21st the meeting point of all INSULEUR members in various events organized by this Network and the Chamber of Commerce of Cagliari, in collaboration with local authorities.
Thus, in October the 20th the Board of Directors and General Assembly will hold their meetings, after which a dinner will be served to all members of the organization.
On the following day this city will host a new INSULEUR Forum titled 'Infrastructure and Transport: Territorial cohesion and Economic Growth for the islands', where experts will offer their points of view regarding issues such as ‘Port and airport management in favour of the economic development of island regions' or ‘Aid for transport policy as a means of stimulation of island territories'.
An European Parliament comission adopts a report on a new framework for European tourism
The "Transport and Tourism" committee of the European Parliament adopted on 21 June 2011 an initiative report of the MEP Carlo FIDANZA on a new political framework for European tourism. It will be debated in plenary on 26 September 2011.
Please click here if you wish to access to the complete report.
Presentation of the conclusions of the Euroislands study in Tinos (Greece)
The "EUROISLANDS" study (ESPON) was presented at a conference titled: «Planning the Future of the European Islands: Challenges - New Strategies» organized by the Greek Ministry of Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping in Tinos island, on 10th of June 2011. If you wish to access to the final report, you may do it through the following link.
The conference offered the opportunity for consultation between the actors involved in the formation of the new strategy for the Regions of the European Union, the Cohesion Policy post 2013 and the future of the European islands.
Public consultation by the European Commission regarding cohesion policy
Every three years, the EU publishes a report on economic, social and territorial cohesion, detailing progress in these areas and how the EU, national and regional governments have contributed. The5th Cohesion Report has just been published. After issuing this information, the European Commission has launched a public consultation regarding this issue that you may see in further details on the following link.
The main issues covered are:
- analysis of regional disparities
This Commission's 5th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion shows that the EU's cohesion policy has made a significant contribution to growth and prosperity and promoting balanced development across the Union. Nevertheless, in view of the substantial economic and social developments over recent years, the policy now has to address new challenges.
The consultation launched by the European Commission aims to collect ideas and contributions on the question of how the Union's cohesion policy should adapt to new challenges and how its delivery can be improved in order to maximise its impact in the future.
It is intended therefore to help shape the set of proposals on the future policy to be communicated by the Commission to the Council and Parliament. Furthermore, the results of the public consultation will feed into the Impact Assessment for the post-2013 legislative package.
European Maritime day
20th May 2012, all over Europe
The European Maritime Day is celebrated annually across Europe on the 20th May through various events. It puts all maritime sectors and activities in the spotlight to the importance of the sea for everyday life, and for economy and job creation, both in coastal communities and in landlocked areas across Europe and to provoke reflection.
European maritime day website (to participate in or to organize an event):http://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/maritimeday/
The Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce organizes the 12th Edition of its Forum in Brindisi (Italy)on the 6th and 8th of June.
• First day: meeting of the AIC Forum organs, the meeting of the workgroup on EU project management and the welcoming of guests
• Second day: thematic workgroups (environment, agriculture, women's entrepreneurship, fisheries and aquaculture, transport and tourism)
• Third day: the role played by the AIC Forum in the establishment of the Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion
Insuleur is updating its data on its members and more generally on the state of European islands. A broad survey is currently conducted on the networks's chambers. As a result, to reinforce the representation of your region in Brussels, it is important for you and for us to reply to the few questions asked in the questionnaire you received on the 11h of April 2012.
For any questions, please contact Anna Corlay (email@example.com) from the Insuleur representation in Brussels.
InnoNauTICs international forum
InnoNauTICs meeting in Brussels
On Friday the 13rd of July, InnoNauTICs (innovation nautical development sector in the Mediterranean area) organises an international forum from 9.00 to 13.30. Please, find the programme below.
EUROCHAMBRES, Ground Floor, Plenary Room Avenue des Arts, 19 A/D, Brussels
EUROCHAMBRES, Ground Floor, Plenary Room
Avenue des Arts, 19 A/D, Brussels
Workshop on maritime cabotage
A workshop on maritime cabotage took place on the July 8th during Insuleur General Assembly in Lesbos, Greece. Speakers' case studies are now available by opening the links below.
· Bornholm: Mr. Henrik Eybye Nielsen, Bornholm Region
· Sardinia: Mr. Flavio Burlizzi, EU representative Unioncamere
· Balearic Islands: Ms. Carmen Lliteras Arañó, representative of the Government of the Balearic Islands
· Greece: Mr. Yaniis Roussos, CCI Cyclades
Next upcoming event