Created in 1991, Pearle* is the European trade federation of Performing Arts organisations and enterprises.

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Visa package responds to the economic and artistic needs of the live performance sector

Today, at the EP hearing of the LIBE Committee on the visa package proposal, Pearle* made a plea for taking into consideration the specific needs for the live performance sector. The visa package which contains two components, a recast of the visa code and a proposal for a new touring visa, addresses the hindrances and practical problems occurring for artists, touring companies and local organisers alike. The recast visa code includes proposals for improved procedures and facilitated lodging of an application. It also reduces administrative burdens and provides for more clarity and transparency, in particular with regard to multiple entry visas. The newly proposed touring visa addresses a longstanding problem for the live performance sector, providing a solution for visa exempt third country nationals to travel for a longer period than 90 days in the Schengen zone. Being able to tour with international casts in the Schengen and re-enter the Schengen area is crucial to allow planning of tours across Europe.

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Follow-up project OIRA Tool for the Live Performance Sector: maximising its visibility and use

In their previous project “Developing a European Interactive Risk Assessment Tool (IRAT) for use in the Live Performance Sector” the European social partners successfully developed and completed an OIRA tool for the sector. The primary aim of that joint action was to provide a tool for risk assessment in the Live Performance sector in Europe. The Live Performance sector encompasses artistic productions and workplaces with such a diversity of elements to be considered in relation to occupational health and safety, that they can prove an enormous challenge. It is clear that special, sector-specific risk assessment approaches are vitally necessary. The production and finalisation of the OIRA tool was a very ambitious undertaking given the complexity of the productions and workplaces in the sector and the resulting massive range of risks to be taken into consideration. The social partners are absolutely committed to undertaking a second (and final project) to maximise its visibility and potential impact on working practices in the sector. The follow-up project starts in January 2015, of which the primary aims are to refine and review the OIRA tool so that it is more responsive to the needs of direct users, and to promote it and maximize its visibility and use in the sector across Europe. This project will seek to ensure that the European OIRA tool is tailored to meet the needs and expectations of different potential users and that it becomes a known and visible tool and reference in the European Live Performance Sector. The project is expected to be finished mid-2016.

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consultation future use of the UHF - Lamy report

It is the responsability of the European institutions to make sure that the use of the 700 Mhz corresponds with general public goals. These goals include cultural diversity, pluralism and access to culture. The EU's objectives in the framework of the Digital agenda, require a fundamental engagement to guarantee that cultural content can continue to be offered.

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EU blue card and EU's migration policies

In reply to the EC consultation on the EU blue card and EU's migration policies, Pearle issued a position paper including its views on this topic. Over the years, Pearle* responded to various consultations on Home affairs, including legal migration and visa policy. A targeted EU labour migration policy including a pillar focusing on short term economic labour migration would help employers to respond to demands of the market much easier. Pearle* welcomes the fact that the European Commission is exploring the review of the EU blue card and would in particularly welcome more flexible arrangements suitable to more sectors.

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Activity report 2014

2014 was a year of elections for the European Parliament and a new European Commission taking office in a new working format. As Europe is facing its macro-economic and political challenges, so does our sector. Behind encouraging results of enthusiast and involved members of the audience, great artistic productions of outstanding level, the organisations itself are operating in a reality and a context which is putting them more and more under pressure, of which some to a level that will may no longer hold, no matter their international reputation. With lesser financial means available and increasing costs, growing pressure of regulatory burdens and administrative obstacles, live performance organisations need policies which give oxygen to the sector. This is what Pearle*, the largest and biggest representative of the music and performing arts in Europe, is asking the European institutions for the coming years. It is formulated in 13 EU policy areas and 42 priorities.

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