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CULTURE : MEPS PUSH FOR SUPPORT FOR ARTISTIC CREATION.

The considerable growth potential of artistic and cultural creation justifies creating a social status for independent professionals in this sector and an enhanced partnership with universities, say MEPs in a resolution adopted by the Committee on Culture (CULT), on 18 June.

The report by Marie-Therese Sanchez-Schmidt (EPP, France) notes that the cultural and creative sectors, which contribute between 3.3% and 4.8% of GDP and provide over seven million jobs in the EU, could do more to reduce unemployment, especially of young people. Music, architecture, video games, crafts, design and fashion offer potential that the EU should support and exploit.

Committee members note the need for funding at the European, national and local levels to sustain and promote cultural production and the creative industries. They did not endorse Sanchez-Schmidt's proposal for a reduced VAT rate on cultural goods, but did stress the need for a more suitable harmonised regulatory and fiscal framework to help the many SMEs in the sector, and for support for public-private partnerships, sponsoring and loan guarantees through EU instruments (MEDIA and Creative Europe programmes).

Synergies between training and research centres and firms working in the sector should be better exploited through knowledge alliances, skills alliances and professional platforms, states the report.

A social status for independent professionals in the cultural and creative sectors would ensure that they have affordable access to health insurance, retirement pensions, social benefits and protection in the event of unemployment.

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Title Annotation:Member of the European Parliament
Publication:European Report
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Date:Jun 20, 2013
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