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Parliamentary questions
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15 May 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Vincenzo Sofo (ID), Andrea Caroppo (ID), Annalisa Tardino (ID)
 Subject: Reviving tourist services

Italy is the country with the highest number of UNESCO heritage sites and tourism has a significant impact not only on GDP (13 %) but also on other economic sectors. However, most tourism businesses are SMEs, which therefore have greater difficulty in accessing the tools adopted to mitigate the negative impact of the pandemic on the sector.

The Commission has published a Communication on how to safely resume tourism services and a meeting of Member States’ tourism ministers has been held to discuss the topic of tourist corridors. Moreover, consideration needs to be given to the fact that the epidemiological situation differs not only between states but also between regions and areas within those states.

In the light of the above, can the Commission say:

1. how it intends to ensure, in connection with the definition of tourist corridors, frequent updates on the epidemiological situation through data that has been aggregated not only nationally, but regionally, too;

2. how it will guarantee discrimination-free transport services to give tourists access, and provide connectivity, to areas in which the epidemiological situation is less serious;

3. whether it does not agree that the instruments made available to businesses are insufficient and belated with regard to the imminent summer tourist season and that, in relation to the flexibility of the structural funds, there needs to be strong intervention to support those regions that are able to accommodate tourists?

Original language of question: IT
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