EU needs common travel warning system

The European Union needs a unified travel warning system as the warnings issued by individual member states are uneven and leave to be desired, member of the European Parliament for Estonia Urmas Paet says.

Paet turned to the European Commission drawing attention to the uneven character of travel warnings and risk assessments of EU countries and proposing a single EU-wide system.

Recent attacks against European tourists in Tunisia revealed the uneven character and shortcomings of the current travel warning systems, the Estonian MEP said. “All EU member states issue public travel warnings and risk assessments for travellers, but different countries have different systems and the overall picture is uneven,” he said.

Paet also said some tour operators do not take warnings seriously and continue to arrange package tours to countries and areas deemed unsafe. He therefore asked the Commission about the possibility of introducing a common travel warning system and whether observing travel warnings could be made mandatory for operators of package tours.

Source: Baltic News Service via Estonian Review

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