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Parliamentary questions
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12 June 2018
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001676/2018

In recent years, the Commission has undertaken targeted actions to support the tourism industry.

These include:

Enhancing the business environment and facilitating access of tourism businesses to EU funding (Europe’s programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (COSME), European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI));
Supporting the industry in keeping up with the challenges of digitalisation and boosting their uptake of digital and online business tools;
Addressing the skills gaps in tourism and raising the profile of tourism careers among young people (Blueprint for Sectoral Skills Cooperation);
Setting up a joint platform with EU Member States and regions for the promotion of Europe as a destination, particularly in key long haul markets (i.e. China, on the occasion of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year);
Tourism steering groups of the different macro-regional strategies have been set up that connect and coordinate tourism initiatives across borders;
Regional aid schemes aimed at tourism activities are already exempted from the notification requirement given the importance of tourism for regional job creation. Moreover, the General Block Exemption Regulation increased in May 2017 the upper limit for aid to culture and to multi-purpose sports arenas, which will indirectly also help the tourism industry.

All detailed information on the ongoing actions can be found on the Commission's EU tourism policy website(1).


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