Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, took part in the meeting of EU tourism ministers on September 28.
The ministers reviewed the summer season and the prospects for the tourism sector, while Europe is seeing a resurgence in Covid-19 cases.
The ministers agreed to continue European coordination efforts to ensure the sector’s recovery. They underscored the importance of the European Commission’s efforts to facilitate intra-EU mobility (notably with respect to the launch of the reopen.europa.eu platform). Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne reaffirmed his attachment to the principles of non-discrimination based on nationality and proportionality when restrictive measures on the movement of persons are adopted.
With respect to economic support for the tourism sector, the ministers agreed on the need to support businesses over the long term. The European Tourism Convention, due to be hosted by the European Commission on October 12, 2020, should result in the development of a road map for the sector consistent with the Green Deal.