The decision on an EU technique for sustainable tourism, adopted by 577 votes to 31, and 80 abstentions on Thursday, notes that the COVID-19 outbreak has paralysed the EU’s tourism sector, with 6 out of 27 million jobs in danger. MEPs spotlight that the tourism and journey sectors account for round 10% of the EU’s GDP. They due to this fact urge EU international locations to incorporate them of their restoration plans and to think about quickly decreasing VAT on these companies.
‘Protected and clear’ tourism
As a result of pandemic, travellers need “secure, clear and extra sustainable tourism”, Parliament says, calling on member states to completely implement widespread standards for secure journey directly. These ought to embrace an EU Well being and Security protocol for testing earlier than departure, and set up that quarantine necessities ought to be utilized solely as a final resort.
A standard vaccination certificates ought to facilitate journey and act as an alternative choice to PCR assessments and quarantine necessities, MEPs say. A brand new certificates ought to comply with privateness and information safety guidelines and will begin getting used as soon as there may be adequate proof that those that have been vaccinated don’t transmit the virus.
The decision additionally urges the Fee to introduce an EU hygiene certification seal, which might certify minimal COVID-19 virus prevention and management requirements and will assist restore client belief within the tourism and journey sectors.
Past the pandemic
MEPs welcome the ‘Re-open EU’ portal and urge EU international locations to ship clear data to the Fee after they apply or carry restrictions on free motion.
Additionally they stress that the Fee should look past the pandemic and change the 2010 technique on EU tourism to keep up Europe’s standing as a number one vacation spot. The textual content lastly calls on the Fee to arrange a European Company for Tourism, which can assist the tourism ecosystem, promote the European model, present the EU with the newest information on tourism, help small companies to entry EU funding and assist the tourism sector to organize for future crises.
“This report requires a very European effort to relaunch tourism within the continent’s worst-affected areas. The vaccination certificates and sanitary seal have been taken on board, however what is required now’s correct European coordination for testing regimes that don’t impose extra prices on European residents. The EU must urgently pace up the roll out of vaccines throughout Europe and to place in place correct monetary devices to assist the inexperienced and digital transition”, mentioned EP rapporteur Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar (EPP, PT).