EU PROJECTS, TOURISM AND WBL ACTIVITIES IN ITALY AT TIME OF #COVID19

Since February 2020, activities in Italy in the #covid19 case have been at a standstill in every sector, the European projects that provide for mobility have been suspended both those aimed at students, with a specific decree of the Italian government until the whole school year 2019-2020 and we do not know if they will restart in September, and the ordinary ones because flights are suspended throughout Europe unless there are urgent reasons why an authorization must be compiled, granted only in situations of extreme urgency that is not the case for ERASMUS+ projects. The European Commission has granted the possibility to the Erasmus + National Agencies to extend the contract deadline and to close the project by one year, just to take into account this suspension, considered to be a cause of force majeure. This clearly implies a suspension of WBL activities both related to tourism, which is the subject of our project, and in every sector, to the point that we do not imagine when, these guys will resume travel. The airline tickets purchased, in most cases, are converted into vouchers by the airlines, to be spent within a year, even if there are a thousand delays, you receive e-mails in which the airlines ask the courtesy to accept the voucher and not to ask for the refund to which you would be entitled, against the constant cancellation of flights. Companies are forced to redefine contracts and activities often also have to deal with colleagues who are not able to understand the current period and, for their reasons, decide to abandon even the assignments, it seems incredible but it happens. The Italian national agencies of the Erasmus + project, from which also this project has been funded, continue to follow us assiduously, providing every support, in our case authorizing the second transnational meeting in smart working mode, it should have been in Portugal, it will be online from 18 to 20 May 2020. The Proandi partner colleagues have already sent the agenda of the meeting and we will organize ourselves to face this emergency in the best possible way, in order to meet the objectives of the project. What is certain is that working with organizations in the tourism sector will not be easy because they are all involved in solving real and concrete problems, from unemployment, to lost summer earnings and the difficulty of a substantial change that tourism is facing and we still do not know what new business model it will bring us to, because certainly the impact of an experience like this one of #covid19, is and still remains incalculable and unpredictable.

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