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European ski resorts protest against closing of "Mountains economy"


The closure of ski resorts in Italy due to the coronavirus pandemic threatens to cause losses of €20 billion, which will account for almost 1% of national GDP, the authorities of several northern regions of the country said in a joint note.

Earlier, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stated the need for a European-wide position on ski resorts. According to him, Italy, France and Germany are developing a joint protocol for this industry.

"It is not correct to talk only about skiing, in the winter season we have an entire mountain economy, where there are several hundred thousand jobs, mostly seasonal," - reads a statement by the vice-presidents and members of the regional councils of Valle d'Aosta, Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont, Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano.

According to politicians, in addition to the downhill slopes themselves, ski resort facilities include equipment rental services, ski schools, restaurants, hotels, bars, shops and artisan shops. In their opinion, "a loss of 20 billion - a figure close to 1% of national GDP - is the damage that regions associated with the ski sector will have to suffer without the start of the winter season".

"Without a winter season, this will be a complete disaster for mountainous regions. Closure during the Christmas holidays will have an irreparable impact on the entire season, and many businesses will not even open," says representatives of the Alpine regions. They stress that they are ready to discuss with the government the reduction of COVID-19 infection risks at resorts. For example, they believe that the transport of people by cable car and ski lifts should be considered on an equal footing with other modes of transport.

source: repubblica.it