Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.
Factsheet for measure EU-2020-42/1349 – measures in European Union
|Country||European Union , applies eu-wide (or beyond)|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 14 October 2020|
|Type||Non-binding recommendations or other texts|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Measures to support a gradual relaunch of work
|Author||Barbara Surdykowska and Eurofound|
|Measure added||29 October 2020 (updated 05 November 2020)|
The pandemic and lockdown had serious ramifications in the live performance sector as venues were forced to close completely. This has had a huge impact on the economic stability of the sector as a whole, but also on individual workers, many of whom are independent and self-employed. On 13 October 2020, the social partners in the live performance sector in Europe gathered to discuss the future and sustainability of the sector.
As a result, they adopted a common statement calling for a sector-specific recovery plan and instruments at EU level.
European social partners in the live performance sector are:
Social partners 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.
The European Social Partners underline the urgency and seriousness of this situation and the grave peril the live performance and, in fact, the entire cultural sector are facing. The EU recovery package and existing policies and measures should more explicitly instruct member states to provide targeted support in order to meet the challenges that the sector is facing.
At EU level, there is still a lack of a sector-specific plan and instruments. The access for the cultural sector to existing and future cross-sector instruments is neither guaranteed nor facilitated, such as for instance to the REACT EU help scheme under the cohesion funds, the Digital Europe programme or the Creative Europe Programme. The proposed cuts in the InvestEU 2021-2027 programme could further limit access to vital funding for organisations of the live performance.
The lockdown affected about 600,000 people.
Other groups of workers
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Joint initiative of sectoral social partners.
Social partners assess their own initiative.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Legal, social and cultural professionals|
Eurofound (2020), EU social partners for the live performance sector issue joint statement, measure EU-2020-42/1349 (measures in European Union), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/EU-2020-42_1349.html
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