Over the last decades, tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening diversification to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. Modern tourism is closely linked to territorial development and these dynamics have turned tourism into a key driver for socio-economic progress.
Beside the necessity of cooperation between EU Member States, candidate and neighbouring countries, stated by the European Union, Tourism Working Group attempts to assist European Union’s Directorates-General – DG REGIO, DG MARE and DG GROW in particular – with a view to encourage collaboration in tourism, in order to generate growth and jobs for all and at the same time ensure sustainable economic, social and environmental development.
In this context, the Region of Central Macedonia, which is leading the Balkan & Black Sea Commission Tourism Working Group, develops a coordinated action in order to make sure that regional voice could be heard at European, regional and national level. Regional authorities represent key actors in encouraging responsible and sustainable tourism.
Sustainable and responsible tourism potential of the Balkans and Black Sea area, through innovative and quality tourism products, services, and efficient management mechanisms, are the aim of the Working Group on Tourism, together with alleviating seasonality.
Photo: Meeting of the Tourism Working Group, 28 May 2015, Brussels (From left to right: Mr Mircea Stoian, BBSC President and Tulcea County Councillor, Mr Ioannis Giorgos, Deputy Governor of Central Macedonia Region, Ms Evi Dermedesioti and Mr Miltiadis Nikolaou, Members of the coordinating team of the Working Group on Tourism, Department of Tourism, Region of Central Macedonia)
Business cooperation in terms of economy, finance and development has recently become the key for the interaction between regions and the importance of this issue has been pointed out by various institutions at both national, regional and European level. With the mutual benefits of the ongoing cooperation, the rapid improvements in the Balkan and Black Sea area’s economy have already been witnessed and it is aimed to sustain this success.
Beside the necessity of cooperation between EU Member States, candidate and neighbouring countries, stated by European Union, Business Cooperation Working Group attempts to assist European Union’s Directorates-General – DG GROW and DG DEVCO in particular – in order to help the Balkan & Black Sea area’s SMEs and industry to generate growth and jobs for all, create a business friendly environment which underpins competitiveness of relevant SMEs and industry, ensure sustainable economic, social and environmental development, foster coordination between the EU Members and Non-Member States in the region, on development cooperation, and ensure the external representation of the European Union in this field.
In this context, the Governorship of Sinop, which is leading the Balkan & Black Sea Commission Business Cooperation Working Group, develops a coordinated action in order to make sure that regional voice could be heard at European, regional and national level.
Regional authorities represent key actors in encouraging business area at territorial level.
Photo: Kick-off meeting of the Business Cooperation Working Group, 13 June 2014, Edirne (Mr Recep Zipkinkurt, President of Edirne Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ms Eleni Marianou, CPMR Secretary General, and Mr Berkol Alevli, T.R. North Anatolian Development Agency, Coordinator Investment Support Office – Sinop, and Advisor to the Secretary General of the CPMR for questions relating to the Turkish Maritime Provinces and Metropolitan Municipalities, coordinator of the WG on Business Cooperation)