On the day freedom of movement was restored in most countries (15 June), the European Commission chose to provide users who wish to travel with a platform offering real-time information on all EU member states.
“Re-open Eu” provides information on borders, available means of transport, travel restrictions, public health, as well as the safety measures to be observed, such as social distancing and the use of facemasks.
Re-open Eu will also be available as a mobile app. Each member state has its own interactive map, which features updates on national measures in force and information on the opening of tourist sites, museums, restaurants and beaches. The aim is to make it as easy as possible for citizens to plan their holidays safely.
Information in 24 different languages
“Re-open Eu” centralises information provided by the Commission and the member states on a single website and is available in the 24 official languages of the European Union.
“After weeks of containment, the EU’s internal borders are opening up again. The Re-open EU website will give travellers easy access to the information they need to plan their journeys with confidence and without taking risks during their trip”, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton stressed.
“This will also allow small restaurants, hotel owners and all European cities to learn from the innovative solutions developed by others,” he added.
“The vast and rich cultural heritage of Europe is one of our main assets. The impossibility of travel and the closure of most tourist sites in recent months have, however, dealt a severe blow to culture and tourism. The Re-open EU platform offers up-to-date and essential information so we can safely start exploring Europe again,” added Mariya Gabriel, the EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.
Boosting business and culture
The platform also contains information on voucher systems, which allow consumers to purchase tickets for future stays as well as meals. The vouchers are intended to help businesses in the hotel and catering sectors with liquidity so they can relaunch as quickly as possible.
Also as part of EU initiatives to boost tourism, a platform has been created on Europeana Pro to help cultural heritage professionals discover initiatives to support tourism.
And when it comes to the European digital cultural platform Europeana, it has launched the “Discover Europe” initiative, presented by its promoters as “a collection of works of art and photographs of some of Europe’s most characteristic monuments”.