The Situation of Artists and Cultural Workers and the post-COVID-19 Cultural Recovery in the European Union

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The Situation of Artists and Cultural Workers and the post-COVID-19 Cultural Recovery in the European Union is a background analysis prepared for the European Parliament. It provides an overview of key characteristics of artists’ and cultural workers’ status across Europe, their working conditions, precariousness and career paths. It outlines the justification for specific policy solutions and provides a mapping of key challenges for a European framework for working conditions in the cultural and creative sectors and industries.

The report features a section on mobility that references the work of On the Move’s Mobility Info Points working group: 

Obstacles to mobility usually derive from the fact that rules, regulations and administrative requirements differ between countries. Even where the EU has the competence to coordinate rules or procedures, differences between Member States make mobility particularly difficult. Lack of information regarding applicable legislation, opportunities and resources also hinders artists’ mobility. This is accompanied by other limitations and obstacles: legal and administrative barriers, the atypical work force, and geographic imbalances. It is a positive step that the Mobility Information Points (MIPs), provide information and assistance to artists and cultural workers living in or planning to travel to different countries. Access to funding, in relation to which there are major discrepancies in Europe, is another key difficulty.