After the work of the European Parliament was reduced to the most necessary areas in the wake of the Corona crisis, two meetings of the Transport and Tourism Committee were held for the first time in April via video conference. As both the transport and tourism sectors in Europe were particularly hard hit by the crisis, the two conferences were devoted to an in-depth debate on the crisis, in which both Commissioners responsible for transport and tourism took part: Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton and Transport Commissioner Adina-Ioana Vălean.
During the meeting, the members of the TRAN Committee called on the Commission to present an action plan to save the tourism sector and to set up a crisis management mechanism. In the discussion with Breton on a sector-specific rescue plan and strategy for the coming months, it was stressed that while the top priority is direct and indirect aid to the tourism sector, the opportunity should be taken to promote sustainability more strongly.
In the transport sector, the immediate focus was on maintaining supply chains throughout the EU while safeguarding the security of EU citizens, as Commissioner Vălean stressed. As a next step, the whole transport sector needs a well-prepared common exit strategy with coordinated measures between Member States to reopen borders to avoid the kind of unilateral action that was prevalent at the beginning of the pandemic.
Related link: TRAN-Newsletter with a summary of the session.