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Introduction

Why is EU policy and legislation relevant to the hospitality industry?


The hospitality industry is subject to rules at local, national, EU and international level. HOTREC is responsible for monitoring and influencing, on behalf of its members, rules which are decided at EU level. These rules cover a large number of policy areas, which are listed in this section, together with HOTREC’s positions on the key issues under each policy area.  

It is important to emphasise here the link between EU and national legislation. Often this link is not easily visible as much of EU law consists of so-called Directives, which only become binding on enterprises following implementing legislation at national level. The individual entrepreneur might not realise, therefore, that the national legislation his or her business must abide by actually has a European origin.

Understanding the extent to which the legal and business environment of hospitality enterprises is determined by EU rules is crucial in three regards:

  • First, the knowledge that the EU institutions are considering a measure enables the hospitality industry to participate actively in its preparatory phase, request amendments, or even a withdrawal, to the measure in question. 
  • Second, it is useful to be aware that national rules must conform to EU law. This can provide the necessary ammunition for criticising burdensome rules at national level, which might not fully comply with EU measures. 
  • Third, thanks to the HOTREC presence in Brussels, the industry representatives can easily provide with relevant information to the EU institutions for any initiative under consideration or even request a specific EU action if needed.