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Parliamentary questions
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30 May 2018
Question for written answer E-002960-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ignazio Corrao (EFDD)

 Subject:  Risk of number of Italian music groups halving and of loss of musical literacy
 Answer in writing 

In Italy, the new Third Sector Code (Legislative Decree No 117 of 2017) introduces a broader and more general category which brings together all the associations and companies which, on a non-profit basis, contribute to civic life, work in the solidarity field and benefit society.

However, according to the Italian music groups that stated their opinions on the potential reform during its preparatory consultation phase, the reform, which the Government launched in 2014, includes aspects which could halve the number of music groups in Italy.

Those groups expect to be able to continue their activities until December 2018, the last month in which they will be permitted to provide training. As a result of the reform, associations expect the number of music groups in Italy, currently around 3 000, to fall by 50% and, as a result, the number of students and instrumentalists at music schools to shrink and levels of musical literacy to drop in the coming years.

Music groups are important when it comes to training, culture, art, socialisation, integration, traditions, innovation and citizenship education.

Having regard to:
the contribution that music groups make to the social economy,
the objectives of the Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020 and the financial support provided and prizes promoted under that programme,
the Council conclusions of 7 December 2015,
the report on a European Social Model for the future (2005/2248(INI)),

what is the Commission’s view of the Italian music groups’ concerns about Legislative Decree No 117/2017?

Original language of question: IT 
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