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

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Pearle* welcomes the European Commission’s proposal on the new visa package

(Brussels, 1st April 2014) Pearle*-Live Performance Europe, the European association which represents through its members the interests of more than 5000 theatres, theatre production companies, orchestras and music ensembles, opera houses, ballet and dance companies, festivals, producers, comedy, variété, circus and other organisations, welcomes the visa package launched today by Commissioners Malmström and Tajani. “For the past ten years, Pearle* has addressed problems and hindrances faced by live performance organisations when engaging third-country nationals who need a visa to travel to and tour in the Schengen zone. The proposed changes to the rules and in particular the introduction of a new touring visa shall bring greater security to the live performance sector when planning longer tours or extending them when opportunities arise, thereby reaching wider audiences.” says President of Pearle, Catherine Baumann.

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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.

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response to proposal for spectrum harmonisation on PMSE

Pearle provided feedback to the proposal for a Commission Decision on spectrum harmonization for wireless audio PMSE. Whereas Pearle welcomes the efforts of the EC to seek to provide a solution for PMSE, the proposal does not guarantee access to spectrum when needed, nor allows for access to the amount of spectum. Also the proposal for woking with pico cells needs to be further tested and researched.

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Pearle response to consultation on the EU approach on Wildlife Trafficking

The European Commission invited stakeholders to give their input on the EU approach on Wildlife Trafficking. In the context of this discussion the main concern for the live performance sector is related to the travelling and touring with musical instruments which contain parts of endangered CITES-listed species such as ivory or Brazilian rosewood. The EU aims to find a solution for travelling with those musical instruments by introducing an EU musical instrument certificate.

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Activity Report 2012

Activity Report 2012

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