• Headlines
    • First suspected Ebola case in Tunisia detected in Enfidha Airport
    • Tunisia beats Senegal 1-0 in African Cup of Nations Qualifying Match
    • Tunisian-Turkish agreement in higher education field signed
    • Amnesty International Tunisia publishes 10-point manifesto for legislative elections
    • Ban-Ki Moon Visit: “Upcoming elections will be crucial step for Tunisia’s future”
    • Germany donates 2,700 bulletproof vests to Tunisia’s Interior Ministry
    • ISIE: More than five million Tunisians registered for upcoming elections
    • Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa calls for vigilance against persistent terrorist threat

    EU Executive Calls for Promotion of Muslim Tourism in Europe

    By Bernard Yaros | Mar 9 2012 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

    Tags: ACAA ,Andalusia ,Antonio Tajani ,Arab Spring ,Europe ,

    European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani called yesterday evening for the promotion of Muslim tourism in Europe at a conference in Tunisia concerning economic relations between Europe and North Africa.

    “I am also thinking of studying the Muslim religious pilgrimage sites in Europe to try to draw tourists from Tunisia and other countries from Islamic regions,” he said. He pointed to the shared history of Europe and Islamic civilizations, likely in reference to Spain’s Andalusia, southern France, and Sicily, which were all under Arab rule at some point in their past.

    The declaration came during a press conference following the 10th Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership (FEMIP) summit, held in Gammarth, Tunisia, where Tajani stressed the importance of strengthening economic ties across the Mediterranean region.

    In the wake of the Arab Spring, the European Commission is increasing its budget directed towards assistance for democratizing North African countries. 80 million Euros have been allocated toward financing university loans and student exchanges with southern Mediterranean countries.

    “It is necessary that Europe be open to young people in search of professional and scientific experiences,” asserted Tajani during his concluding remarks at the FEMIP summit.

    One of the goals of the vice president’s official visit is to negotiate a conformity assessment and acceptance of industrial products (ACAA) agreement with the Tunisian government. Slashing bureaucracy and standardizing export and import regimes are the focus of an ACAA accord. Such an agreement would not only lead to a more integrated Euro-Mediterranean market in the future but also aid small and medium-sized enterprises in the region, argued Tajani.

    In the same press conference after the FEMIP summit, Tajani addressed the issue of regional integration in the context of the economic turbulence in the Eurozone.

    “In order to overcome the challenges presented by the [Eurozone] crisis we must support the markets.  We have a large domestic market [in Europe] but I think it is very important for us […] to expand it to the countries of North Africa.”

    Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest

  • By Bernard Yaros  / 
  • Topics











    Silent March In Memory of Aya


  • Play Video

    Tunisia's Launch of Truth and Dignity Commission

  • Play Video

    Tunisialive Living Tunisia

  • Play Video

    #FreeAzyz campaigners protest gets violent