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HOTREC, the European umbrella association of Hotels, Restaurants and Cafés, and its trade union counterpart EFFAT, the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions, call upon the EU and Member States to follow a range of proposed measures to put the hospitality sector back on track. Social partners commit to cooperate in several joint actions, aiming at preparing the sector for future challenges.

The COVID-19 crisis is putting the survival of companies in the hospitality sector at risk and millions of jobs are at stake. In order to respond to the crisis,
the social partners present today, on the occasion of the plenary meeting of their European sectoral social dialogue, a Joint Statement on short-term and long-term measures required to rebuild the hospitality sector.

In the short-term, it is necessary to make full use of all instruments that can support the viability of companies (e.g. rental relief, compensation of lossturnover, wage subsidies, tax and social contributions relaxation) and ensure the retention of jobs (e.g. short-time work arrangements, income support schemes). Such measures should be further extended, to help save as many jobs as possible and to avoid massive layoffs. Moreover, companies need to strictly follow health and safety protocols, so that employees and consumers feel safe.
Finally, further harmonisation and ease of border travel restrictions is key, so that travel planning is possible.

In the long-run, social partners demand that hospitality-tourism is included as one of the top priorities in national recovery plans, as only in this way, the sector will be able to move towards a more resilient future, encompassing digital and sustainable developments, as well as up-skilling and re-skilling.

The social partners are committed to cooperate and to support the actions taken by EU and Member States to reach these goals.

Joint HOTREC and EFFAT Statement on Rebuilding the Hospitality Sector
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