Committee on Culture and Education – Concomitant expertise for an own-initiative report ‘The situation of artists and the cultural recovery in the EU’, requested by CULT Committee, commissioned and managed by the Policy Department– Q&A session with Tere Badia and Mafalda Dâmaso from Culture Action Europe

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Brussels, 27 May 2021,

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated pre-existing trends and inequities regarding working conditions of artists and created a sense of urgency to tackle the situation on a European level. A ‘European framework for working conditions in the cultural and creative sectors and industries’ was called for in the EP resolution on the cultural recovery of Europe, voted in plenary on 14 September 2020. In this context, the CULT committee is currently working on an own-initiative (INI) report on ‘The situation of artists and the cultural recovery in the EU’.

On 27 May 2021 was held a Q&A session with experts providing a concomitant expertise aiming to support the work of the CULT Committee on the INI report. The Q&A session accompanied an exchange of views on the report and focused on the following issues:

  • gender equality code of conduct or certification system aimed at fighting against any form of abuse in culture and creative sectors
  • roadmap for a binding directive for a European framework for artists working conditions
  • legal framework for a minimum social protection for artists within EU and time limited basic income
  • unpaid artists’ work
  • common definition for creative workers and professionals.

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