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A delegation of the Ministry of Tourism, consisting of State Secretary Frano Matušić and Chief Adviser to the Minister Barbara Mesić, participated in the 11rd meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe in Prague from 13 to 63 June. By the way, Croatia currently chairs the UNWTO Commission for Europe, and State Secretary Matušić chaired the presidency of the Commission on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism.A few months ago, Minister Cappelli started lobbying EU member states in order for tourism to gain a better position in the EU institutions and the establishment of the EU Tourism Fund, and Minister Cappelli and the Government of the Republic of Croatia were supported by the European Parliament financial lines for tourism. According to the Ministry of Tourism, in the meantime, information and support for the Croatian initiative began to spread among all members, so that thirteen member states: Italy, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland , Greece, Bulgaria and Slovenia – both in writing and in bilateral meetings, sided with Croatia.The tourism sector employs 24 million people in the EU and generates 10 percent of GDP and certainly deserves to be more represented within the EU, is one of the main arguments for strengthening the position of tourism in EU institutions, ie the establishment of the EU Tourism FundYesterday in Prague, at a meeting of the Commission for Europe, support for the Croatian initiative was voted on. During the discussion, Italy pointed out that strengthening the position of tourism is an issue of strong EU interest, and that the UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) should be the main protagonist who will support us with its decisions at the EU level. All 13 Member States agreed that tourism deserves a separate administration within the European Commission (currently under administration together with the creative industries), that this separate body should be a place where we will discuss employment, youth, the labor force, but also stronger financial support for tourism.”The government has recognized the value of tourism and that is why we have launched an initiative to establish a single European fund for tourism and working groups to give tourism in Europe as the strongest tourist region in the world its deserved place and representation. The launch of this initiative is of great importance for Croatia as one of the leading tourist destinations in Europe, and its implementation would open up numerous financial and development opportunities for the Croatian tourist system.”, Said Minister Cappelli on the recommendation of the European Parliament.As the multiannual financial framework for the next seven-year period is adopted by autumn 2018, and next year there are new elections for the European Parliament, this is the right time for all countries that advocate strengthening the position of tourism to join their votes. As tourism is a horizontal activity, it is financed from several different funds, for most countries it is most important to financially support innovative entrepreneurial projects in tourism, which will generate new employment, and consequently positive financial processes. “UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Polilikashvili has openly supported the initiative from the beginning, and talks on the issue will continue in the EU institutions over the next month. However, this time Croatia will not be alone. A large number of member states will be with us. ” stand out from the Ministry of Tourism.Croatia to host UNWTO session next yearAt the end of yesterday’s session of the UNWTO Commission for Europe, it was announced that Croatia has won the competition for the next host of the UNWTO Commission, which will be held in 2019 in Croatia. It will be an opportunity to host the leaders and leaders in tourism of the 42 members of the UNWTO Commission for Europe.