Council of the EU sets visions for a sustainable and resilient tourism sector in Europe
The European Council adopted a series of conclusions which set out its vision for an economic, environmental, resilient and socially environmentally friendly tourism sector in Europe.
As preparations for the summer tourist season are in full swing, the Council urges the EU and its Member States to come up with a joint and coordinated response to the current crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic while using a comprehensive approach and integrated which would contribute to the recovery. of the sector.
In these circumstances, the Council conclusions call for an effective use of the existing funding possibilities under the European Union’s multiannual financial framework and the ‘Next Generation EU’ instrument in order to help relaunch the European tourism sector. and help it become more resilient.
In addition, the EU encourages member states to support the development of voluntary standards for health and safety protocols by tourism services, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
âTourism is extremely important for the sustainable economic, social and environmental development of our regions. It also contributes significantly to the preservation and promotion of European values ââand cultural heritage. But tourism is also the economic sector most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s conclusions are a clear signal of our commitment to relaunch European tourism â. Portuguese Minister of State for Economy and Digital Transition Pedro Siza Vieira said.
The Council also calls on the Commission and the Member States to develop a common European tourism agenda for 2030/2050 and co-designed to strengthen competitiveness and help green and digital transitions of the tourism ecosystem in Europe.
According to the Council, tourism is an inclusive economic and social activity which has a significant impact on economic growth, employment and environmentally sustainable development which helps to preserve and promote European values.
The same pointed out that the sector employs around 20.3 million people in the EU and that in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the sector accounted for 9.5% of the EU’s GDP. When it comes to the coronavirus pandemic figures, incomes have fallen by 80% and around 11 million jobs in the EU have been affected.
Earlier in March, Members of the European Parliament endorsed the resolution of the EU’s agenda for safe, clean and sustainable tourism.
The Council and the EU also underlined the importance of regular cooperation and exchange of practices between Member States on responsible and sustainable tourism policies.
In addition, Google and the European Travel Commission have decided to cooperate in order to help revive the tourism sector in Europe in 2021.
As the summer season approaches, EU Member States, especially those dependent on tourism, have started to prepare for the season. France, Spain, Greece, Iceland, Germany, Italy and Portugal are some of the destinations open for summer 2021.