Simeon II received from the Secretary-General from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) the particular certificate accrediting him as an ambassador of the International Year of Lasting Tourism for Development, which is getting observed globally throughout 2017. The particular figure of Ambassadors of the Worldwide Year was presented last The month of january at the launching of the Year that will took place in the context of FITUR in Madrid. Speaking at the wedding ceremony held at the UNWTO headquarters within Madrid, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai emphasized: “When designating 2017 since the International Year of Sustainable Travel and leisure for Development, the United Nations identified tourism’s contribution to the development plan, to peace, equality and success. I am very touched to see that will King Simeon II shares this particular same vision on the power associated with tourism and I truly thank your pet for his commitment to distribute this important message across the world. ” Simeon II expressed gratitude with regard to his appointment as ambassador from the International Year and stressed the significance of tourism in moving towards an even more sustainable and fairer world. “One of the most important objectives of the Season is to raise awareness among the global population as well as institutions about the possible of tourism to promote culture, trades or the elimination of prejudices, ” said the newly appointed ambassador of the Year. In addition to Simeon II, the UNWTO has appointed these ambassadors of the International Year: L. E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leader of Liberia; H. R. L. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Ing Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Expert for Culture and Antiquities; Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman of the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization; Michael Frenzel, President from the Federal Association of the German Travel and leisure Industry (BTW); and Ge Huayong, Chairman of China UnionPay.

Simeon II received from the Secretary-General from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) the particular certificate accrediting him as an ambassador of the International Year of Lasting Tourism for Development, which is getting observed globally throughout 2017. The particular figure of Ambassadors of the Worldwide Year was presented last The month of january at the launching of the Year that will took place in the context of FITUR in Madrid. Speaking at the wedding ceremony held at the UNWTO headquarters within Madrid, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai emphasized: “When designating 2017 since the International Year of Sustainable Travel and leisure for Development, the United Nations identified tourism’s contribution to the development plan, to peace, equality and success. I am very touched to see that will King Simeon II shares this particular same vision on the power associated with tourism and I truly thank your pet for his commitment to distribute this important message across the world. ” Simeon II expressed gratitude with regard to his appointment as ambassador from the International Year and stressed the significance of tourism in moving towards an even more sustainable and fairer world. “One of the most important objectives of the Season is to raise awareness among the global population as well as institutions about the possible of tourism to promote culture, trades or the elimination of prejudices, ” said the newly appointed ambassador of the Year. In addition to Simeon II, the UNWTO has appointed these ambassadors of the International Year: L. E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leader of Liberia; H. R. L. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Ing Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Expert for Culture and Antiquities; Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman of the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization; Michael Frenzel, President from the Federal Association of the German Travel and leisure Industry (BTW); and Ge Huayong, Chairman of China UnionPay.

The European Parliament the very best on 2nd March 2017 in order to require the European Commission in order to suspend visa exemption status for all of us citizens.

In ETOA’ s view this is extremely not likely to happen: the Council of the EUROPEAN will object and the status quo will certainly prevail.

The situation occurs because, since 2014, citizens associated with Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland plus Romania have needed an australian visa to visit the US. This means that there is not complete reciprocity in treatment of EU plus US citizens.

EU laws provides for a ‘ delegated act’ allowing the Commission to postpone exemption from visa requirements in case of ‘ non-reciprocity. ’ This would apply at citizens of countries that inflict visa requirement on EU residents.

The Commission questioned Parliament and Council to review the problem in April 2016.

Article 290 of the Treaty associated with Lisbon allows both the Council plus Parliament to revoke such a delegated act, or object to the implementation. Given the Parliamentary election, attention now switches to the Authorities.

Tom Jenkins, ETOA’ s CEO commented:

“ There is no imminent threat in order to current US-Europe visa waiver plans. So long as the US requires visas through some citizens of the EU, then your EU – as a whole – will be obliged to reciprocate. The Western european Parliament is exploring the nature of the obligation.

Seldom comes with an inter-institutional dialogue contained such surprising ideas. If the visa exemption would be to be suspended it would inflict troublesome checks on the citizens of our best ally, to certain retaliation plus consequent economic detriment. Destination nations would have to hire thousands of staff in order to process millions of unnecessary visas.

At a time when absurdity plus politics are bedfellows, we are getting asked to contemplate folly cubed. The Council needs to block this particular quickly. Then the Commission can go back to establishing reciprocity quietly, through the regular diplomatic channels. ”

ETOA continues to work with its sector partners in Brussels to withstand any reintroduction of visa specifications, and pushes for visa facilitation through reform of the Visa Program code. With the prospect of ETIAS, a brand new pre-clearance system designed to enhance protection, ETOA believes that the case to get more countries to be granted visa-waiver standing will strength.