When No One Understands Rights, We Get Vacations

I think most of us enjoy vacations. Well, maybe those of us with small children enjoy the thought of a vacation more than the vacation itself. Nonetheless, there is at least one person who believes that you and I (if we are part of certain disadvantaged European groups) have a “right” to a vacation:

The European Union has declared travelling a human right, and is launching a scheme to subsidize vacations with taxpayers’ dollars for those too poor to afford their own trips.

Antonio Tajani, the European Union commissioner for enterprise and industry, proposed a strategy that could cost European taxpayers hundreds of millions of euros a year, The Times of London reports.

“Travelling for tourism today is a right. The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life,” Mr. Tajani told a group of ministers at The European Tourism Stakeholders Conference in Madrid on April 15. Mr. Tajani was appointed to his post by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

I love the following, though, as it speaks to exactly what those vacationers must do with their “rights:”

Intended to instill a sense of cultural pride in Europeans, Mr. Tajani’s human-rights travel will also help bridge the continent’s north-south divide and pad resorts’ business in their off-season, the Times reports.

Northern Europeans will be encouraged to visit southern Europe, and vice versa. Mr. Tajani wants to ensure people’s “right to be tourists” remains intact.

As someone who is culturally from central to northern Europe, I suppose I must now go to Italy or Albania for holiday. Oh, that’s right, Albania is not part of the EU yet, so that may not be an option. Oh well, one does what one must.