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​The CoR members will meet remotely  on 5, 6 and 7 May 2021. The agenda includes debates on the Conference on the Future of Europe, the Union of Equality and Recovery in the Tourism Sector.
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the 3️⃣ and last day of the 144th #CoRplenary is about to begin!

📑 Today's agenda:

9:30 Debate on the recovery in the tourism, hotel and catering sector, with interventions from

🔶 Elisabeth Köstinger, Federal Minister of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism of Austria  
🔶 Rita Marques, Secretary of State for Tourism, Portugal 
🔶 Cláudia Monteiro De Aguiar (PT/EPP), member of the European Parliament (tbc) 
🔶 Jens Zimmer Christensen, President of the HOTREC Association

11:30 Debate on the Conference on the Future of Europe, with statement by Herman Van Rompuy, Chair of the CoR high Level Group on European Democracy


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🔶 Debate on the Conference on the Future of Europe, with Herman Van Rompuy, Chair of the CoR High-Level Group on European Democracy

Democracy is in crisis globally, at European level and in the Member States. It works best at the regional and local levels where it is most closely connected to the needs of citizens, has the longest tradition and has the highest level of trust. At a time of digital revolution and changes in society, democracy must also reinvent itself, improving and modernising at all levels. The Conference on the Future of Europe provides an opportunity to develop this reflection at the Union level, and the CoR's High Level Group on European Democracy, which I am happy to Chair, will look at how to better involve local and regional authorities as building blocks in strengthening and improving European democracy from the bottom up.

Herman Van Rompuy, Chair of the CoR high Level Group on European Democracy

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🔶 Debate on the recovery in the tourism, hotel and catering sector, with 
Elisabeth Köstinger, Federal Minister of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism of Austria 
Rita Marques, Secretary of State for Tourism, Portugal
Cláudia Monteiro De Aguiar (PT/EPP), member of the European Parliament (tbc)
Jens Zimmer Christensen, President of the HOTREC Association
Rita Marques
Rita Marques  

The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union is committed to promote joint actions and policies to ensure a more sustainable, digital and competitive restart of tourism and travel. We have launched a dialogue on sustainable recovery for the tourism and a guide towards a European Agenda for Tourism 2050. In the short-term, the Digital Green Certificate shows that we are fully committed to guarantee an harmonized criteria that supports free movement. This is a solid step towards the recovery of the sector. 

Rita Marques, Secretary of State for Tourism, Portugal

Jens Zimmer Christensen
Jens Zimmer Christensen  

The pandemic’s impact on European hospitality and tourism has been seismic, and rebuilding will be neither instant nor easy: re-opening is not the same as recovery. The EU and Member States must continue to support businesses and protect jobs throughout the crisis and beyond. The industry needs, amongst other things, a #EURecovery dedicated plan and increased coordination of travel restrictions.   I am convinced that if we keep working #TogetherForHospitality, our sector can prevail and power the green and digital transitions.

Jens Zimmer Christensen, President of the HOTREC Association

Elisabeth Köstinger
Elisabeth Köstinger  

In the short term, we have to first create the conditions to enable secure and safe tourism during the upcoming summer season. One key will be the Digital Green Certificate. We believe that it will be a viable tool to facilitate safe mobility and enable cross-border tourism. The framework conditions for European Green Certificate should therefore be implemented as soon as possible.

Elisabeth Köstinger, Federal Minister of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism of Austria

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Presentation of an opinion on  Media in the Digital Decade: An Action Plan, with Jan Trei

👉 More on the opinion here


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