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Parliamentary questions
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8 May 2020
E-002850/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Klemen Grošelj (Renew), Irena Joveva (Renew)
 Subject: Help for the meeting industry

In connection with the measures taken to contain the spread of Covid-19, the meeting industry (trade fairs, conferences, etc.) was one of the first sectors that was forced to shut down. Given the nature of the work, it will also be among the last to reopen.

This is an activity which is labour-intensive and where human knowledge is key. The collapse of businesses in this sector would entail the loss of many jobs and valuable know-how. Given the multiplier effect of activities in this industry, its collapse would also cause further economic, social and societal harm more broadly (trade fairs have an impact on the development of businesses and the sale of their products; conferences generate additional income in tourism and provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and behaviour in many areas of activity, etc.). In Slovenia, these activities provide around 15 000 jobs in total. Europe-wide the figure is far higher. We would therefore like to know:

1. Given the specific situation facing the meeting industry in connection with the crisis resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, is the Commission drawing up tailored measures for this sector to mitigate the consequences and accelerate the recovery?

2. Is the Commission, together with the Member States, drawing up guidelines for an exit strategy for the meeting industry?

Original language of question: SL
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