EILA and Pearle* welcome EU musical instrument certificate to facilitate travelling with musical ins
At a workshop held in Brussels on 16 October 2014, representatives of the European Commission, CITES Management Authorities and other stakeholders from the music sector discussed the impact and feasibility of an EU musical instrument certificate. The debate which was organised by Pearle*-Live Performance Europe in cooperation with the International Association of Violin and Bow Makers EILA focused on possibilities to identify musical instruments in the certificate without creating additional burdens and costs for musicians and orchestras.
Developing a European Online Interactive Risk Assessment Tool (OiRA) for the use of touring producti
The social partners in the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee on Live Performance have been engaged in an active exchange on risk assessment norms and practices in the sector since 2009. This has involved an ongoing exchange of good practice between employer and worker representatives, as well close communication with the Bilbao Agency on Occupational Health and Safety regarding their Risk Assessment campaign 2008 and 2009 and their ongoing work in facilitating the development of Online Interactive Risk Assessment Tools (OiRA Project). The project will aim to provide a tool, for risk assessment in the Live Performance sector in Europe. This will help to deliver risk assessment in general and provide a solid basis for future national work to refine and improve the tool for direct national use in the various EU Member States. It will also serve as a resource in countries beyond the EU, in particular candidate countries and neighbouring countries. The Live Performance sector encompasses workplaces with such a diversity of elements to be considered in relation to occupational health and safety, that they can prove an enormous challenge. When one considers the technical elements in relation to set, rigging and stage; the stunts and performances on the stage; the chemical and hazardous substances that may be used in special effects; frequent high noise levels and the presence of an audience, it is clear that special, sector-specific risk assessment approaches are vitally necessary. It is for this reason, that highly comprehensive and structured risk assessment approaches to production in the sector have been developed at national level in many countries and there is a range of good practice to draw upon. The European Social partners are convinced of the utility of using this experience to craft a European IRAT, which will serve as a useful bridge in the context of touring, where national approaches to risk assessment may differ, due to specific regulations at national, regional and even local level. It will also make the expertise available in this area easily accessible and user-friendly in a format that will be of direct use to employers and workers in the sector who wish to develop their practice in this area. It will therefore result in a tool which is based upon the European health and safety legislation. Users would still need to check specific national, regional or local regulations. The project starts with the appointment of an expert to work on the content development. The call is attached. Applications are due mid-January 2013. This project receives the support of the European Commission.
response to consultation impact assessment guidelines
The European sectoral social dialogue committee live performance, together with the social partners of the audiovisual sector responded to the European Commission consultation on the revision of Impact Assessment Guidelines. A key issue concerns the inter-relationship with certain policy areas in which social partners are concerned, such as in the case of the passengers rights directive, which impacts touring orchestras, music ensembles and musicians, as they need to be able to take their music instruments on airplanes to be able to do their job. In their letter social partners underline the need for effective and transparent consultation processes with adequate time also for a response.
response to tax problems faced by EU citizens when active across borders
Responding to the consultation of the European Commission on tax problems faced by EU citizens when active across borders, Pearle explains the particular problems following from the fact that tax authorities can, in compliance with article 17 of the OECD model tax treaty, levy withholding tax on performances from foreign touring companies and artists. Situations of double taxation and excessive taxation affect both the individuals and the companies (often employers). In the response Pearle explains difficulties arising and possible solutions.
Activity report 2013
Activity report of Pearle 2013