European social partners representing live performance sector launch joint statement

19 October 2009

Following several exchanges at social dialogue meetings in Brussels on the significance of creativity in the sector and the contribution of creativity to society, the European sectoral social partners ‘live performance’ issued a joint statement. The statement was presented at a Flash Info session on 30 September in the framework of the European Culture Forum in Brussels. More than 1,000 stakeholders came together at the European Commission event that took place on 29 and 30 September. The statement entitled “Creativity, Innovation and the role of the role of the cultural sector” addresses in particular the concept of creativity in the creative industries thinking. With this statement the social partners express their views on future European policy initiatives which may be narrowed down to purely economic approaches. This could lead to less creativity and less cultural diversity. According to social partners, “policy should therefore continue to invest in the cultural sector that lies at the core of creativity.”