Press release02.07.2020 | Economic and Monetary Union (EMU);Entrepreneurship;Financial markets;Industrial policy;Internal market;Investment policy;Europe 2020 Strategy;Long-term strategy for investment, growth and jobs (renewed Europe 2020);Trade (incl. TTIP);Taxation;Sub-national finance;State aid and competition;SME policy;Services of general economic interest;
In a debate with the European Commissioner for Internal market, Thierry Breton, CoR members highlighted the success of the online Exchange Platform created by the CoR to enable local and regional governments share the best practises in responding the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on this successful example, CoR members proposed Commissioner Breton to jointly promote the digitalisation and the innovative use of digital platforms to support the European Commission's work in strategic fields as transport, tourism, social and education services.The assembly of EU regions and cities, also asked for a stronger support to relaunch the tourism industry, highlighting in particular the vital role of regional airport and of the airlines that connect them. Regional and local leaders stressed that the pandemic boosted the adoption of digital and innovative solutions but, at the same time, made visible persisting massive digital gaps.