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Taxation: Council adopts new rules to strengthen administrative cooperation and include sales through digital platforms

The European Council adopted new rules to improve administrative cooperation in the field of taxation and address the challenges posed by the digital platform economy. A large and growing number of individuals and businesses use digital platforms to sell goods or provide services. However, income earned through digital platforms is often unreported and tax is […]

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Commission approves €21 million Greek scheme to support operators of tourist buses and trains affected by coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved a €21 million Greek scheme to support operators of tourist buses and trains affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The measure was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. The support, which will take form of direct grants, is intended to mitigate the impact on the beneficiaries of the restrictive measures […]

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MEPs want a safer and more sustainable tourism after Covid

Tourism will need help to become cleaner, safer and more sustainable after the pandemic, according to MEPs. They will vote on a report on this on 25 March. Tourism and Covid-19 Tourism is one of the sectors affected the most by the Covid-19 pandemic. It employs about 27 million people and represents around 10% of […]

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Europe’s travel & tourism sector welcomes Digital Green Certificate proposal

Over 60 travel and tourism organisations express their support for the European Commission’s initiative for the Digital Green Certificate and call to ensure swift implementation in time for summer 2021. The European Tourism Manifesto alliance strongly welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to introduce a common, inter-operable and mutually-recognised Digital Green Certificate. This digital proof that a […]

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Coronavirus: Commission proposes a Digital Green Certificate

Today the European Commission is proposing to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Digital Green Certificate will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19. It will be available, free of charge, in […]

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Travelling is not a crime: ETC strongly condemns new UK travel measures

The European Travel Commission (ETC) strongly condemns the new tough enforcement measures for travellers announced yesterday by the UK Government. As well as introducing two mandatory tests after arrival and obligatory “quarantine packages” for travellers from “red list” countries, the new rules include heavy financial penalties and potential jail time for non-compliance. Travellers arriving from […]

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WTTC says governments should abandon the concept of ‘high-risk countries’ and instead focus on ‘high-risk travellers’

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling for governments to abandon the concept of ‘high-risk countries’ and instead focus on how individual ‘high-risk travellers’ are treated at borders. WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, is urging governments around the world to shift their focus from whole countries, towards individual […]

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Commission prolongs and further expands Temporary Framework to support economy in context of coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has decided to prolong until 31 December 2021 the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The Commission has also decided to expand the scope of the Temporary Framework by increasing the ceilings set out in it and by allowing the conversion of […]

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WTTC warns new hotel quarantine measures would ‘destroy the Travel & Tourism sector as we know it’

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) says the introduction of new hotel quarantines by the UK government would force the complete collapse of Travel & Tourism as we know it. WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, fears the crippling impact of the new proposals being considered by the UK government […]

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Secretary-General Pololikashvili Nominated to Lead UNWTO for Four More Years

The Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has expressed its continued support for Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. Meeting in Madrid, its members nominated him to continue leading the United Nations specialized agency for four more years. At the end of the 113th session of the Executive Council, held as a hybrid event in Spanish capital, […]

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