The European Exhibition Industry represented by the European Exhibition Industry Alliance (EEIA) welcomes the EU Commission’s proposals to strengthen coordination of safe travel in the EU and for an updated framework to travel from outside the EU. The association expects a swift adoption implementation.
Additionally, the industry body calls for a coordinated approach to swiftly adapt the EU Digital COVID Certificate’s validity and to adopt the unified EU Digital Passenger Locator Form. Furthermore, the alliance encourages the Council and all Member States to specifically enable smooth business travel and to protect the safe functioning of the economy and its exhibition platforms for R&D, innovation and trade.
„Europe hosts nearly all leading international shows for each industry ecosystem.“
In the future, ideally before March 2022, the streamlined approach focussing on the status of the traveller instead on the country of departure should be in place. However, also here, attendees and service providers to trade fairs, exhibitions and professional events must be considered essential travellers to avoid any further disruption of the exhibition sector in Europe. “Europe hosts nearly all leading international shows for each industry ecosystem therefore Europe’s exhibition and events sector is specifically vulnerable”, EEIA states.