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Parliamentary questions
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29 April 2020
E-002600/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi
 Subject: Plan for economic recovery and a coordinated exit from the crisis in the tourism sector

Tourism is the economic sector most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the President of the Commission emphasised at the recent European Council meeting of 23 April.

The tourism sector, which contributes about 11% to Europe's GDP, accounts for 12% of employment in the EU and consists of almost 3 million companies, 90% of which are small and medium-sized enterprises, is losing an estimated EUR 1 billion in revenue per month due to the pandemic.

The situation is particularly difficult in many EU countries that are major tourist destinations, such as Greece, Italy, Spain and France. It is estimated that there will be a 60% drop in this year's tourist numbers to these popular destinations, with many hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions remaining closed.

Given that a series of measures have already been adopted to support the industry and provide security through short-term financing, will the Commission say:

1. What common solutions does it intend to pursue with the Member States in view of the summer season, in order to provide the tourism industry with a sustainable recovery plan and a coordinated exit from the crisis?

2. Does it intend to proceed immediately with extensive funding from the next EU multi-annual budget (2021-2027)?

3. Does it consider that long-term investment in innovative tourism can provide a response to future crises?

Original language of question: EL
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