15 November 2022 Newsletter
Discussing SMEs with Mr Petri Salminen, President of SMEUnited
Interview of Petri Salminen, President of SMEunited
21 September 2022 Newsletter
Discussing energy and sustainability with Mr Stefan Moser, Head of Unit at the European Commission
In this issue of our newsletter, we had the pleasure of discussing the global energy market disruption caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and the EU Renovation Wave initiative with Mr Stefan Moser, Head of Unit in DG ENERGY (European Commission).
13 July 2022 Newsletter
Interview with Ivan Bartoš, Minister of Regional Development and Deputy Prime Minister for Digitalization of the Czech Republic
The incumbent and long-time chairman of the Czech Pirate Party, who earned his PhD in Information Studies and Librarianship. He gained international experience while studying in the USA at the Department of Computer Science, University of New Orleans, and when he took up professional jobs in several Czech and multinational companies within the IT field.
18 May 2022 Newsletter
Interview with Eduardo Santander, Executive Director of the European Travel Commission
Eduardo Santander is the Executive Director of the European Travel Commission, an association of NTOs created in 1948 to promote Europe as a tourism destination. In this role, Mr Santander steers ETC’s activities aimed at building the value of tourism for the countries of Europe through cooperation in sharing best practices, market intelligence and promotion. Mr Santander has over 15 years of experience in tourism-marketing, brand-development, business-consulting, advocacy and public affairs. He is a passionate advocate of freedom to travel, smart connectivity and sustainability in tourism and beyond.
16 March 2022 Newsletter
Interview with Mr Mark Boekwijt, EU representative of the city of Amsterdam
Mr Mark Boekwijt (1964) graduated from the European School in Brussels and continued to study International Law and Communications Science at the University of Amsterdam. He worked on policy and research in the Dutch audiovisual industry, before becoming an advisor on media affairs for the city of The Hague. Since 2002 Mark is a strategic advisor for the mayor and deputy-mayors of the city of Amsterdam, on several issues such as Integration, Housing, Monuments, local Media. In 2011 he became the EU representative for Amsterdam, based in Brussels.
19 January 2022 Newsletter
Interview with Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister delegate for tourism, French national abroad, francophonie and for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne is the French Minister delegate for tourism, French national abroad, francophonie and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises since July 2020. First appointed Minister of State in 2017, he was previously elected as Senator of the Yvonne department in 2014 and 2020. In 2014, he also served as the mayor of the city of Vallery. He is a graduate of the Strasbourg Institute of Political Science and ESSEC Business School in Paris.
22 January 2020 Newsletter
Interview to MEP Roberta Metsola (Malta, EPP)
Ms. Roberta Metsola is a Maltese politician and a Member of the European Parliament with the European People’s Party (EPP). HOTREC asked her to share her views on the priorities of the newly elected European Parliament to support sustainable tourism development; on Brexit and on the Thomas Cook case.
17 November 2021 Newsletter
Interview with MEP Josianne Cutajar
Josianne Cutajar is the youngest Member to ever represent the Maltese Islands in the European Parliament. As a member of the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy, as well as the Committee for Transport and Tourism and that for Regional Development, she strongly advocates for tourism to be adequately recognized at the European level. Through her work on DSA first, and DMA after, she has called for efficient regulation on digital platforms to ensure fair markets and end abusive practices that can hurt SMEs within the tourism sector. MEP Cutajar is also an active member of the European Parliament’s Tourism Task Force, wherein she has been advocating for greater coordination at the EU level as well as the importance of addressing issues faced by the travel and tourism sector during this pandemic and strengthening connectivity.
15 September 2021 Newsletter
Interview with MEP Elena Kountoura
MEP Elena Kountoura is a Greek politician. First elected member of the European Parliament with the SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance Party in May 2019, she previously served as Minister of Tourism of Greece from January 2015 to May 2019, and has been awarded numerous prestigious awards for her work in the field of tourism. From 2004 to 2019, she has been elected six times as a Member of the Parliament in Greece.
14 July 2021 Newsletter
Discussing the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council with Ambassador Tamara Weingerl-Požar
Ambassador Tamara Weingerl-Požar is the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU. Born in Koper, Slovenia, she started working in diplomacy after obtaining her Master’s degree at the University of Cambridge. She has 22 years of professional experience, with a focus on EU and international energy affairs.