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Mediterranean ObserverDecember 1, 2023
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As part of the ongoing efforts to promote a balanced tourism ecosystem within the EU, the Council and the European Parliament today reached a provisional agreement on a draft regulation on data collection and sharing for short-term accommodation rental services. Everybody wins with today’s deal. The new regulation creates a single and easy set of […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 16, 2023
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As part of the ongoing efforts to promote a balanced tourism ecosystem within the EU, the Council and the European Parliament today reached a provisional agreement on a draft regulation on data collection and sharing for short-term accommodation rental services. Everybody wins with today’s deal. The new regulation creates a single and easy set of […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 27, 2023
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The European Commission has informed Booking Holdings (‘Booking’) of its preliminary view that its proposed acquisition of Flugo Group Holdings AB (‘eTraveli’) may allow Booking to strengthen its position on the market for hotel online travel agencies (‘OTAs’) in the European Economic Area (‘EEA’). Booking and eTraveli are both active in the provision of OTA services, respectively focusing […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 18, 2023
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A new survey published today confirms that skilled workers are key to the success of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe. The results come on the same day as the Commission presents a set of initiatives for SME relief. These initiatives aim to enable a skilled workforce for SMEs to flourish by continuing to support training actions provided by the skills […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 15, 2023
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Today, the European Commission has published the 2022 Annual Burden Survey, which presents the Commission’s action to simplify and modernise EU rules. It lays out the progress and concrete examples of what the Commission has achieved in the first year of fully applying the ‘one in, one out’ approach, as well as with its Regulatory Fitness […]

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Today, the Commission published a Communication presenting the building blocks for a common European tourism data space. This data space will allow tourism businesses and public authorities to share a broad range of data to inform the development of innovative tourism services, improve the sustainability of the tourism ecosystem and strengthen its economic competitiveness. Tourism is […]

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Today, the Council adopted its negotiating position on the proposed Single Market Emergency Instrument (SMEI). The SMEI is intended to anticipate, prepare for and respond to the impacts of crises. It builds on lessons learnt from recent emergencies by continuously monitoring potential future crises, by entering vigilance or emergency modes whenever a threat becomes clear […]

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The Commission welcomes the political agreement on the ReFuelEU Aviation proposal It was reached yesterday between the European Parliament and the Council. Once in place, the new rules will help decarbonise the aviation sector by requiring fuel suppliers to blend sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with kerosene in increasing amounts from 2025. This measure on its own is […]

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The Commission welcomes the provisional agreement reached this morning with the European Parliament and the Council to reform and strengthen the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. This deal marks a further step in the completion of the ‘Fit for 55′ package to deliver the European Green Deal and the REPowerEU Plan. It shows once again the […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 12, 2022
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The proposed revision to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is part of the European Commission’s 2nd Fit for 55 package released in December 2021. The aim of the Fit for 55 packages is to translate the European Green Deal’s vision for a climate neutral Europe by 2050 into policy terms, specifically focusing on […]


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