Answer to Written Question: Need to support tourism in EU island countries
(Source: European Parliament)
Answer given by Mr Breton
on behalf of the European Commission
The Commission adopted a number of measures to support the economy, including the EU tourism ecosystem, to help reopening borders and restart travelling.
Thanks to the Temporary Framework for State Aid Member States could set up in record time more than 330 support schemes which are also open to the tourism and travel industry (1/3 of them specifically focusing on these sectors), including 6 schemes for Cyprus and 5 for Malta.
Tourism sectors benefit from CRII and CRII+ allowing the flexible deployment of unused resources from Cohesion Funds 2014-20, including support the working capital of small and medium-sized enterprises and employment schemes. REACT-EU will bring additional funding, which Member States can use to support most affected sectors like tourism.
In 2021-2027, the ERDF will support tourism sector thanks to a new dedicated objective. SURE is providing assistance to job-supporting schemes and the ESF+ will finance the up- and re-skilling of workers; the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund could help displaced workers. Under the Recovery and Resilience Facility, Member States can include in their national plans measures for the modernisation of tourism sector.
Besides actions to provide citizens with reliable information (Re-open EU) or restore confidence (passenger rights), the Commission promotes a coordinated approach to free movement restrictions within the EU. It also works on the reopening of EU external borders, which is important for Member States with a high share of international travellers. The Council Recommendation on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU was amended on 1 February 2021. Finally, EU agencies were asked to issue guidance to facilitate air transport and cruise ship operations.
 European Regional Development Fund
 European instrument for temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency
 https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/guidelines-covid-19-testing-and-quarantine-air-travellers; http://www.emsa.europa.eu/publications/inventories/item/4273-covid-19-eu-guidance-for-cruise-ship-operations.html