Written Question: Need to support tourism in EU island countries

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 20 January 2021

Question for written answer E-000302/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Lefteris Christoforou (PPE)

Subject: Need to support tourism in EU island countries

The pandemic has undeniably inflicted irreversible damage on tourism, which has sustained enormous losses, especially in the countries to the south of the EU. This applies particularly to Cyprus and Malta, the EU’s only two island Member States, which are the most reliant on tourism. They are also totally dependent on the airlines.

To enable the economies of these countries, including their tourist industries, to deal with this situation, there is a need for comprehensive strategic planning,

which must take into account epidemiological data and health measures, while facilitating and improving airline passenger services.

This accordingly necessitates a comprehensive EU tourism support package, since the collapse of this sector in island countries and elsewhere in the south of the EU in 2021 would result in enormous costs to the Union and have incalculable consequences for it.

In view of this

What countermeasures are being envisaged by the Commission in the vulnerable tourism sector and what are its recommendations?

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