European Industrial Strategy launched!

On 5 May 2021, the European Commission launched the EU      Industrial Strategy. The strategy includes tourism as part of the EU ecosystem and recognises the dramatic impact of the crisis on the sector.
The main objectives of the Strategy include: strengthening Single Market resilience; dealing with the EU’s strategic dependencies; and accelerating the twin transitions.

The 2020 Industrial Strategy announced actions to support the green and digital transitions of the EU industry, but the pandemic has drastically affected the speed and scale of this transformation. Therefore, the Commission outlines new measures to support the business case for the green and digital transition. Said measures include: creating transition pathways in partnership with industry, public authorities, social partners and other stakeholders; providing a  regulatory framework to achieve the objectives of Europe’s Digital Decade and the ‘Fit for 55′ ambitions; providing SMEs with Sustainability Advisors and supporting data-driven business models; and investing in upskilling and reskilling to support the twin transitions.

The annual single market report accompanying the Communication dedicates a full section to tourism. It recalls some of the fundamental EU funding opportunities for the tourism sector: CRII+/ERDF/ESF/CEF; Horizon Europe; Digital Europe; Invest EU. It also mentions initiatives to help the sector overcome the crisis:

  • Encourage digital transformation (through data-sharing; better access of tourism businesses to online platforms and implementation of the 2019 Regulation on platform-to-business Regulation; the role of EU tourism statistics Regulation; potential tourism dashboard).
  • Options for swift adoption of visa digitalisation.
  • Green transformation (e.g. renewable energy, sustainable water management); sustainability measurement frameworks (e.g. environmental footprint tracker), labels (e.g. Ecolabel); a dedicated forum for stakeholder cooperation (European Tourism Sustainability Platform); the Renovation Wave – which offers opportunities to make tourism infrastructure more energy efficient.

HOTREC welcomes a more sustainable and digital tourism sector. But defends that appropriate incentives and funding need to be provided to the hospitality sector. The current circumstances do not allow for other option.

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29 Sep
29/09/2022    
All Day
On the 3rd edition of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (IDAFLW), celebrated on 29 September, the FAO and UNAP have [...]
Meeting Czech Presidency - Energy Performance of buildings
03/10/2022    
11:00 - 11:30
Outcome of the meeting available
05 Oct
05/10/2022    
16:30 - 17:30
Hotel At Six, Stockholm, Sweden   -     Meeting Room : Studio 8 Draft Agenda for ExCom Meeting on 5 October 2022, Stockholm, Sweden Welcome by [...]
06 Oct
06/10/2022 - 07/10/2022    
All Day
On 6-7 October 2022, HOTREC will organise its 85th General Assembly in Stockholm, Sweden.
Hearing on Working Time Directive Package
12/10/2022    
09:00 - 12:00
Commission presentation available
17 Oct
17/10/2022    
10:00 - 12:00
Minutes of the meeting, list of participants, passenger data ECJ judgement and survey on registration of guests are added to the website.
HOTREC Sustainability working group meeting
27/10/2022    
10:00 - 12:00
Minutes of the meeting available
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