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EC extends hotel fire safety consultation

The European Commission (EC) has announced it is to extend the phase of consultation on hotel fire safety, in order to develop a Green Paper on the Safety of Services, which will focus on tourism services.

The move follows a Workshop on the possible revision of Council Recommendation 86/666/EEC on Fire Safety in Existing Hotels based on the MBS Methodology, held in Brussels on 11 June 2012 and a subsequent consultation. These highlighted that there are very different views as to the feasibility and desirability of a revision of the recommendation based on the MBS methodology.

In a letter to stakeholders, the Commission explains that hotel fire safety issues, and the options and the results which emerged during the workshop and in the consultation that followed will all be reflected in the Green Paper. The EC states that the Green Paper will “enable all stakeholders to have a further say, providing systematic views and input, thus informing and influencing the subsequent Commission action.”

It adds that the Green Paper on Tourism services, which is planned for 2013, will enable the EC to investigate gaps in existing legislation and to collect detailed data enabling it to assess
the added value of any action at European level. It calls for input, views and ideas on hotel fire safety.

Download the EC Hotel Fire Safety Update here