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Jun 16, 2015

Rolf Bolwin re-elected president of Pearle* - Live Performance Europe

Rolf Bolwin, managing Director of Deutscher Bühnenverein, was re-elected president of Pearle* at the General Assembly meeting of the association held in Hamburg from 12 to 13 June.

He will share his tasks with Géza Kovács, President of AHO, the Association of Hungarian Orchestras, who has been re-elected as Vice-President.

On the occasion of his re-election Mr. Bolwin emphasises how significant theatres, concert halls and other cultural organisations are for European cities. “A city is more than an agglomeration; it is a highly complex structure that is not able to survive without culture and the arts.” In today’s world, we need to reflect, discuss, share common experiences and open up towards new things in the urban society, Bolwin said. Urban and regional cultural policies in the EU were one of the subjects discussed in Hamburg.

Pearle* members also adopted a statement on double taxation in which they reinforce their call to abolish excessive and double taxation. In the text, they refer to the 2014 OECD update of the Model tax convention and the Commentary on Art. 17 for performing artists and sportspeople. It provides a number of options which allow the EU to give the live performance sector a fairer and similar treatment as other companies, employees and self-employed persons undertaking cross-border activities. Pearle* members call upon the Member States to apply the options from the 2014 OECD Commentary on Art. 17 in all its double tax treaties and upon the European Commission to recommend these available options to Member States without any further delay.

Other topics at the Pearle conference in Hamburg included the radio spectrum policy of the European Union and in the Member States, VAT, social security coordination and related hindrances for live performance organisations to comply with EU rules.

Pearle is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It was founded in Amsterdam in 1991 and today represents through its members the interests of more than 7000 theatres, theatre
production companies, orchestras and music ensembles, opera houses, ballet and dance
companies, festivals, producers, comedy, variété, circus and other organisations.

Anita Debaere
T +32-2-203.62.96

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