European Foundation
for the Improvement of
Living and Working Conditions

The tripartite EU agency providing knowledge to assist
in the development of better social, employment and
work-related policies

EU PolicyWatch

Database of national-level policy measures

Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.

Factsheet for measure EU-2021-10/1920 – measures in European Union

Social partners: the need to continue support for European hospitality sector

Country European Union , applies eu-wide (or beyond)
Time period Open ended, started on 04 March 2021
Context COVID-19, European Semester
Type Non-binding recommendations or other texts
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Measures to support a gradual relaunch of work
Author Barbara Surdykowska and Eurofound
Measure added 17 June 2021 (updated 29 June 2021)

Background information

European social partners in the hotel, restaurant and café sector: HOTREC and the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT), call on the EU and Member States to continue their efforts to save the sector from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, thus:

  • extension of EU and national funding for as long as necessary;
  • implement measures to avoid high levels of corporate indebtedness;
  • securing employees' income and preventing redundancies; and to support upskilling and re-skilling across the EU.

HOTREC is the umbrella Association of Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and Cafes and similar establishments in Europe, which brings together 44 National associations in 33 countries, and is the voice of the hospitality industry in Europe.

EFFAT represents 116 national trade unions from 37 European countries, and defends the interests of more than 25 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations, and transnational companies.

Content of measure

Sectoral social partners indicated that they expect the following actions from the EU institutions and national governments.

  • Extension of EU and national funding for as long as necessary and beyond December 2021 (e.g. state aid; cohesion funds; job retention programs): they consider recovery to be slow as the easing of travel restrictions across the EU and outside the Schengen area will take time;
  • Avoiding over-indebtedness and loss of creditworthiness of valuable companies, namely: integrating solvency measures into national recovery and resilience plans; ensuring that equity and quasi-equity instruments are backed up by programs such as InvestEU and the new EIB Group Guarantee Fund; using the React-EU instrument to support corporate solvency; providing tax incentives for private investment; developing early warning mechanisms for companies threatened with insolvency;
  • Supporting upskilling and re-skilling: social partners welcome the Commission Recommendation on active promotion of employment and apprenticeships in particular. In their opinion, Europe must invest in people to respond to the social and economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis and to prepare for and accompany the ecological and digital change. There is a need for a skilled and motivated workforce to help rebuild this sector.

Use of measure


Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Social partners jointly
European Funds
National funds
National Recovery and Resilience Facility

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: EU level


This is own initiative of sectoral social partners.

Views and reactions

Sectoral social partners have supportive view to their own initiative.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I55 Accommodation
      I56 Food and beverage service activities

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2021), Social partners: the need to continue support for European hospitality sector, measure EU-2021-10/1920 (measures in European Union), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


Eurofound publications based on EU PolicyWatch

30 January 2023


Measures to lessen the impact of the inflation and energy crisis on citizens

Governments across the EU continue to implement policies to support citizens and businesses in the face of rising food and energy prices caused by the COVID-19 crisis and intensified by the war in Ukraine. This article summarises the policy responses as reported in Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch database from January to September 2022.


12 September 2022


First responses to cushion the impact of inflation on citizens

Although the worldwide pandemic situation had already disrupted supply chains and triggered increases in energy and food prices in 2021, the situation deteriorated in 2022 with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


12 September 2022


Policies to support EU companies affected by the war in Ukraine

This article summarises the first policy responses that governments across the EU have started to implement to support companies affected by the rising prices, and those with commercial ties to Ukraine, Russia or Belarus.


5 July 2022


Policies to support refugees from Ukraine

This article summarises the first policy responses of EU Member States, including those of the social partners and other civil society actors, enabling refugees to exercise their rights under the Temporary Protection Directive.


Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process.