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EU | Status and working conditions in the creative sector

EU Commission logo The DG EAC of the European Commission is pub­lish­ing a study on work­ers in the European cre­ative sector

According to the Commission, this study, com­mis­sioned from the European Expert Network on Culture and Audiovisual (EENCA), comes with­in the scope of objec­tives for the New European Agenda for Culture adopt­ed in 2018. Among the aims is help­ing the Member States ensure fair remu­ner­a­tion for work­ers in the cre­ative sec­tor through social dia­logue and the imple­men­ta­tion of an ecosys­tem favourable to such work­ers.
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Belgium | ONB sentenced for breaching musicians’ neighbouring rights

Orchestra photograph

In a joint press release issued on 20 October 2020, Belgian unions CGSP Culture & Media, CSC-​ACV Transcom and SLFP-​VSOA wel­comed with sat­is­fac­tion the court deci­sion order­ing the dis­tri­b­u­tion by the Belgian National Orchestra (ONB) of video record­ings unau­tho­rized by musi­cians to be stopped.

Negotiations had tak­en place between the orches­tra man­age­ment and unions over the amount of remu­ner­a­tion to be paid to musi­cians in exchange for the trans­fer of their exclu­sive rights. After the fail­ure to reach an agree­ment, the ONB decid­ed uni­lat­er­al­ly to make sev­er­al video record­ings avail­able to the pub­lic with­out the pri­or autho­ri­sa­tion of the musi­cians and their unions, for a lump-​sum remu­ner­a­tion arbi­trar­i­ly fixed at €600.
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EAEA-​Pearle* press release re. EU recovery plans

EAEA-Pearle* logos

Brussels, 14 October 2020

European Social Partners of the Live Performance Sector call for a coor­di­nat­ed action plan to secure the recov­ery and sus­tain­abil­i­ty of the European cul­tur­al sector

PEARLE*- Live Performance Europe rep­re­sent­ing over 10 000 organ­i­sa­tions and the EAEA – European Arts and Entertainment Alliance, rep­re­sent­ing more than 150 unions, guilds, and asso­ci­a­tions and over 600 000 per­form­ers, tech­ni­cians and staff in the music, per­form­ing arts and live sec­tor – are call­ing on the EU insti­tu­tions and nation­al gov­ern­ments to adopt a coor­di­nat­ed approach includ­ing short-​term sup­port mea­sures and long-​term invest­ment to save the European cul­tur­al sec­tor amid a resur­gence of the Covid-​19 pan­dem­ic across Europe.
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Fair Internet coalition meets with Commissioner Gabriel

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel Press release I BRUSSELS, 9 June 2020

Exchanging with Commissioner Gabriel today, AEPO-​ARTIS, FIA, FIM and IAO shared with her what they con­sid­er the European Commission’s key pri­or­i­ties should be in order to strength­en per­form­ers’ pro­tec­tion and enable them to envis­age ful­fill­ing pro­fes­sion­al careers.

AEPO-​ARTIS, FIA, FIM and IAO wel­come that the European Commission recog­nised the impact of the COVID-​19 pan­dem­ic on the cul­tur­al and cre­ative sec­tor in its recent EU recov­ery plan. In this regard, it is absolute­ly essen­tial that the EU can pro­vide per­form­ers with appro­pri­ate short- and mid-​term sup­port, finan­cial and oth­er­wise.
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EU | Gender equality and diversity in the AV sector

Handbook on gender equality and diversity in the AV sector Achieving gen­der equal­i­ty and pro­mot­ing diver­si­ty in the European audio­vi­su­al sector
A Good Practice Handbook to learn more from the expe­ri­ences on the ground

The social part­ners of the EU Social Dialogue Committee in the Audiovisual sec­tor — com­mer­cial and pub­lic broad­cast­ers, pro­duc­ers, and trade unions rep­re­sent­ing jour­nal­ists, cast and crew, and oth­er audio­vi­su­al pro­fes­sion­als – have been coop­er­at­ing to pro­mote gen­der equal­i­ty in film, radio and tele­vi­sion for many years already.

After the adop­tion of a Framework of Actions in 2011, the social part­ners launched a joint map­ping exer­cise to col­lect infor­ma­tion on the state-​of-​play and to iden­ti­fy the actions still need­ed to keep push­ing for gen­der equal­i­ty and diver­si­ty in the European Audiovisual sec­tor.
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EU | Unionisation and collective bargaining for freelancers

Dublin conference on freelance workers

In Dublin, on 11 and 12 February 2020, FIM, FIA, UNI-​MEI and EFJ –with the sup­port of SIPTU– organ­ised the final con­fer­ence of the European project on union­i­sa­tion and col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing for free­lance work­ers in the enter­tain­ment and media sectors.

Opened by a speech from Patricia King, General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), the con­fer­ence brought togeth­er over one hun­dred par­tic­i­pants from European Union coun­tries or can­di­dates to acces­sion. The debates includ­ed rep­re­sen­ta­tives from unions, the European Commission, the OECD, ILO, ETUC and gov­ern­ments, as well as uni­ver­si­ty aca­d­e­mics, researchers and lawyers spe­cial­is­ing in labour law.
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EU | “live performance” social dialogue celebrates its 20th year

Dave Webster, BMU (UK)

The European sec­toral social dia­logue com­mit­tee of the live per­for­mance sec­tor is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th anniver­sary in 2019. Pearle* invit­ed EAEA and the European Commission to cel­e­brate the occa­sion in Brussels’ Kai Theater on 9 October 2019, the day before the last meet­ing of the year.

The three union fed­er­a­tions and Pearle* (the four mem­bers of the com­mit­tee), as well as the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee remind­ed par­tic­i­pants of the work com­plet­ed since 1995 – the year of the first con­tacts between FISTEL and FISTAV (ances­tors of MEI), on the one hand, and Pearle* on the oth­er.
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2019 — Madrid

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