Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, took part in the meeting of EU tourism ministers, held on the initiative of the Croatian presidency.
Underscoring the importance of tourism for the European economy, in which it represents more than 10% of GDP and 12% of jobs, the ministers discussed the immediate measures taken in response to the crisis. They pledged to cooperate closely in their efforts to support the sector. France stressed Europe’s role in adapting the rules for tourism operators and passenger transport companies in order to take into consideration the unique challenges facing these companies, especially in the airline industry, while protecting consumers’ rights.
Reviving the tourism sector will also require increased attention and coordination within the EU, while intra-European tourism represents a major share of international tourism in Europe (80% before the crisis). The ministers welcomed with interest the proposal made by Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, to hold a European summit in the next few months on reviving tourism, involving member states, the private sector and local and regional authorities.
The minister of state stressed the need to promote a new more responsible and sustainable model of tourism, in accordance with the European Green Deal, that would take advantage of the opportunities offered by the digital transformation. France supports the idea that the European recovery plan will, in this regard, focus particular attention on tourism.