Update of the OECD Model Tax Convention – Substantial Change to the Commentary on Article 17 on Artistes and Sportsmen
|The updated Commentary contains several changes following on from the work done and feedback received in relation to this article. However, it must be recalled that the commentary in itself is not binding and does not work directly, but is rather a recommendation for Member States when negotiating new treaties and interpreting existing treaties.|
Ten countries are the focus of the survey (Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom). FIA warmly invites performers from the ten selected countries to participate as widely as possible in the survey, which is likely to influence future policy on the remuneration of authors and performers.
|Brussels, 19th-20th June–FIA participated in the two-day seminar on Artists' mobility, social security and taxation in the EU convened by the European commission - DG Education and Culture. The discussion started with the overview of the main obstacles - regulatory, administrative and practical - faced by mobile artists and cultural professionals when dealing with social security and taxation issues.|
The countdown is on! In now less than a year, the FIA World Live Performance Conference (WLPC) will finally take place. The Conference will take place in Dublin, Ireland, from June 4 to June 6 2015, and gather professionals, industry and union representatives from around the world to discuss challenges, best practices and current trends in the live performance sector.
The overnight closure of ERT on June 11th 2013 sent a shockwave through the international community. A wave of protest movements and messages left no doubt as to the consternation generated by the unilateral decision, by Greek Prime Minister Samaras, to shut down a respected, long-standing public service broadcaster. EuroFIA stands in solidarity with the workers of ERT Open in their struggle to preserve cultural diversity, democracy, access to information, quality entertainment and content, media pluralism and the public service mission of the public broadcasting in Greece.
Culture and media employers and workers successfully conclude ILO Global Dialogue Forum on employment relationships
Employers and workers representatives crossed swords and made their respective stands very clear at the ILO Global Dialogue Forum on Employment Relationships in the Media and Culture Sector. Held in Geneva, from May 14 to 15, 2014, this tripartite consultation was the first attempt in 10 years to focus on a sector that is experiencing a growing demand for flexibility and widespread use of atypical work arrangements in a rapidly changing industrial background. The Points of consensus the parties managed to agree on are now available in English, French and Spanish.
EuroFIA 2014 joint Survey on the Situation of Work Life balance in the Audiovisual and Life Performance Sectors
Sharing experience, identifying difficulties and drawing on good practices in the field of Work-Life balance in the audiovisual and live performance sectors were the goals of a joint trade union project lead by FIA, FIM, UNI-MEI and IFJ and funded by the European Commission. The project comprised a series of workshops and seminars, as well as a study carried out by project researcher Laurence Cuny. The data gathered during this research is now available in the EuroFIA 2014 Survey on Work-Life balance in both English and French.
Delegates from the European group of the International Federation of Actors (EuroFIA) will gather in Athens on June 6 and 7, 2014, to discuss and exchange on issues of common concern and recent developments at national and international level. On this occasion, a special session on the current situation of public service broadcasting and of the cultural sector more generally in Greece will be held on the first day of meeting. It will open with the screening of Greek documentary film “The Lost Signal of Democracy”, recalling the dramatic closing of ERT, in presence of its director: Yorgos Avgeropoulos.
On the eve of the European elections (22-25 May) the European cultural networks continue their "Go vote! Bring a friend" campaign. The years of crisis have shown that values and concerns of the cultural sector are not top priorities for the decision-makers. Advocating for subsidies is not enough - it’s a moment to fight for our future and select the leaders, who will represent our interests and make our voices heard.
Live performance is the only way for the audience to really meet the performers. It allows them to share a moment and emotions that are every time unique. This is why the International Federation of Actors decided – after a successful first conference in 1999 – to focus once again on Live Performance. The FIA World Live Performance Conference, kindly hosted by two FIA members: Irish Equity and Equity UK, will therefore be held from June 4 to 6, 2014, in Dublin, capital of Ireland.
"We believe that culture is both a driver and enabler of sustainable development and that the explicit inclusion of targets and indicators for culture in the Sustainable Development Goals will enable transformative change.” Join the global campaign for including culture in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals!
FIA is working on strengthening its communications and online presence with, for exemple a new website to be launched this summer. In this context, optimising FIA’s visual identity through an update of its logos was a necessary first step. The FIA Style Guide presenting the renewed FIA logos and oulining the graphical guidelines and rules for proper use is now available in English and French.
On April 26 every year, The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates the World Intellectual Property Day in order to promote discussion of the role of intellectual property (IP) in encouraging innovation and creativity. FIA president Ferne Downey joined this initiative and talks about her passion for movies and the importance of IP protection for actors in a video.
Concluded in 2012, the WIPO Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual performances (BTAP) is an international treaty acknowledging, for the first time, the intellectual property rights of performers with regard to their audiovisual performances. On Thursday April 24th, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China (NPC) ratified the BTAP, becoming the third country after Syria and Botswana to do so. FIA welcomes this new ratification.
Organised by French minister of culture Aurélie Filippetti, the international conference gathered fifteen European ministers of culture, European commissioner Michel Barnier and European Parliament president Martin Schultz as well as numerous artists and other professionals of the cultural sector. On this occasion, trade union fédérations (FIA, FIM, UNI MEI and IFJ) issued a joint declaration to express grave concerns regarding cultural policies as they are currently implemented within the European Union.