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Parliamentary questions
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20 May 2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Andrey Slabakov (ECR), Elżbieta Kruk (ECR), Dace Melbārde (ECR), Asim Ademov (PPE)
 Subject: Support for self-employed and freelance artists in the context of the COVID-19 crisis

The cultural sector is among the worst affected by COVID-19, and within it, freelance and self-employed artists in particular, who make up the majority of the creative industry and produce the works used by the organisers of exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, plays and festivals. The proposed support measures do not fully cover these artists, although their survival depends on tax and credit deferrals, unemployment benefits and direct aid to cover running costs, or loss of income or health. Furthermore, Member States will not be allowing the organisation of live events any time soon. On 4 May 2020, Commissioner Breton told the Committee on Culture that a plan was being developed to help Member States tackle this issue, but that the responsibility ultimately remained with them.

1. Has the Commission drawn up any such plan and does it intend to allow Member States to implement the necessary monetary and fiscal measures to support all vulnerable categories of artists, including self-employed and freelancers?

2. Does the Commission envisage developing an emergency EU fund to support these artists?

3. Given the success of online cultural platforms, does the Commission intend to support, either through direct funding or through existing programs, the construction of digital platforms on which artists can share their works for a fee?

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