This packages contains some interesting proposals from the EU to its members in terms of Tourism and Transport which directly affects our industry.
(From the 13th of May)
The package includes:
A chapeau communication on tourism and transport in 2020 and beyond;
A common approach to lifting restrictions of free movement at EU internal borders in a gradual and coordinated way, mirroring the progressive lifting of domestic restrictions;
A common framework to support the gradual re-establishment of transport whilst ensuring the safety of passengers and personnel;
A recommendation to make travel vouchers an attractive alternative to cash reimbursement;
Common criteria and principles for gradually and safely restoring tourism activities, in particular for health protocols for hospitality (hotels, etc.).
Just to highlight some elements:
How can different digital applications help protect me and my family against coronavirus?
Member States, with the support of the Commission, have agreed on guidelines for interoperability of mobile apps that support contact tracing and alerts to individuals who may have been exposed to the virus, so that citizens can be warned of a potential infection with coronavirus also when they travel in the EU. These guidelines build on the principles set out in the joint EU toolbox and the Commission guidance on data protection.
Tracing apps must be voluntary, transparent, temporary, cybersecure, using pseudonymised data, should rely on Bluetooth technology and be inter-operable across borders as well as across operating systems. For example, such apps need to have a common approach to detecting proximity between devices, and should allow individuals roaming in another Member State to be alerted with the relevant information in a language they understand.
EU Toolbox on tracing apps: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_670