Launch of the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts
PRESS RELEASE (Brussels, 19 April 2016) – Today delegates of the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts met with Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport and Silvia Costa MEP, chair of the committee for Culture and Education in the European Parliament to hand over their manifesto. They urged for support to promote culture in the long-term strategic goals of the Union, including the successor to the EU2020 strategy.
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.
Joint statement on the prime role of culture and the arts in society
The European sectoral social partners represented by Pearle*-Live Performance Europe and EAEA - the European Arts and Entertainment Alliance which represents workers through the trade unions of actors, musicians and technicians affiliated to FIA, FIM and UNI-MEI -, have for many years discussed cultural policies, public funding and the impact of the economic crisis, at meetings of the European sectoral social dialogue, which are facilitated by the European Commission's DG Employment. Having started in 2008 with an internal survey amongst social partners in the sector on the impact of the financial crisis which resulted in the ongoing austerity measures in Member States across Europe, the cuts in public finances for the performing arts and in particular the impact on employment was a recurrent theme on the work programme since 2008. For the past years the sector has done its share and contributed to governmental initiatives to secure the countries' budgets, say the social partners. However, the measures taken, including reduced public funding for the arts, increase of VAT rates on culture in different Member States, the closure of a number of performing arts institutions and organisations resulting in loss of jobs, have an impact which is even far greater than for those immediately involved in the performing arts sector itself. It has impacted the entire society. The Social partners present a wide vareity of measures which can be taken to boost and support the live performance sector and make clear recommendations to the EU and to the Member States.
CITES musical instrument certificate
Improving travels with musical instruments containing protected species such as ivory, tortoise shell, Brazilian rosewood, lizard skin or others and ease CITES related rules for the music sector is high on the agenda of Pearle* - Live Performance Europe. European CITES authorities are currently discussing possible changes to international CITES rules and a coherent revision of the European musical instrument certificate. Pearle* and EILA, the International association of violin and bow makers drafted a statement to support this initiative.
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.