Coventry and North Warwickshire Euro MP Christine Oddy has welcomed a new
report aimed at improving the safety of the more than 100 million people who take camping
holidays in Europe every year.
The report by the Federation Internationale de Tourisme and the
Federation Internationale de l'Automobile was drawn up following several natural disasters
which struck camp sites, including a flash flood in Spain which led to the deaths of 86
holiday-makers in 1996.
It recommends that there should be much greater co-operation between
the European Union, national governments and local authorities to enure common minimum
safety standards across the continent.
Meanwhile, the report adds, there should be more effective enforcement
of existing standards to minimise risks to campers. This should include an assessment of
risks at all sites from potential threats such as flood, fire, earthquakes, water and air
The report goes on to say that campsites should plan for emergencies,
provide early warning systems and test their evacuation procedures.
Ms Oddy said:
"Camping is incredibly popular and it is essential that the
millions of people who enjoy this type of holiday should be secure in the knowledge that
the sites where they are staying have the highest degree of safety. We cannot legislate to
stop floods, forest fires and earthquakes but was can ensure that the danger from this
type of natural disaster is minimised."