PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR EUROPEAN AFFAIRS AND EQUALITY: Greater pan-European cooperation on tourism should be explored by EU member states

Malta believes that sustainable and climate neutral tourism should be pushed further up the European agenda in view of its contribution to the European Union’s economy. This was stated by the Minister for European Affairs and Equality Helena Dalli while addressing the seminar ‘Tourism in Transition’ organised by the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU in Brussels together with the Malta Tourism Authority.

Minister Dalli said that while Malta acknowledges the importance of the tourism industry to the European economy, it subscribes to the notion prevalent in the Council of the EU, of subsidiarity in tourism policy. Considering the challenges and competition that the European tourism industry is facing, pan-European cooperation is of paramount importance.

The importance of climate cannot be underestimated and Minister Dalli highlighted the initiatives that Malta is undertaking in the field to make tourism more sustainable. While Malta acknowledges the importance of the climate neutrality target, the importance of small island states’ specificities is equally significant.

Minister Dalli highlighted the role that the Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027 can play in assisting micro enterprises and SMEs to further develop their products and services through various measures under the Single Market programme, which Malta believes should finance tourism related initiatives.

The seminar was also addressed by Malta Tourism Authority Chairman Gavin Gulia and Malta’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU Lorenzo Vella, among others.

Source: Government of Malta