Public consultation
Friday 04 May 2018

Citizen consultation: Culture, a political project, European and citizen?

On the 22nd of June 2018, at the Theater 13 in Paris, 14 speakers came on stage to talk about their Europe of culture, what has been done and what remains to be done, in terms of citizenship, cooperation and funding.

The speakers were grouped in 3 themes: "citizenship and culture in Europe", "cultural cooperation" and "cultural development in Europe".
Within each theme, 4 to 6 speakers came on stage to share with us, in 10min each, their experience on the Europe of culture and the possible and necessary improvements. Each speaker made a proposal that was then discussed and voted by the public.
Speakers included elected representatives of communities in Europe, cultural networks and structures, researchers, artists and citizens.

Participants: Valérie Gomez-Bassac  (Var deputy), Mari Linnman et Evelyne Panato (Les Nouveaux Commanditaires), Thierry Chopin (researcher at the R. Schuman Foundation), Claude Vivier Le Got (Chairwoman Education and Culture CommitteeConference of INGOs - Council of Europe), Rudolf Godesar (president of the Task Force Cross- Border Culture at the Association of European Border Regions ), Paul-Emile Mottard (deputy-president at the Liege Province), Ando Andrei (Exetive director of Arad's County Council), Pascal Brunet (Relai culture Europe), Denis Tallédec (Plateforme Nationale de la Vie Nocturne), Julie Laval (Théâtre Montansier), Olivier Tura (co-founder of Trempolino), Jean Luc Paliès (theater director), Henri Simons (General director Atomium and ADAM-Brussels Design Museum). 

The interventions raised a number of issues related to the cultural sector in Europe:
- The rise of extremes in Europe
- Cultural structures and authorities committed to culture in Europe face the same issues and problems whatever the country
- Artists and cultural professionals face many obstacles to their mobility and exchange
- The cultural structures and authorities that are involved in culture face great difficulties in filing dossiers and monitoring European subsidies.

 The proposals that have been formulated and retained by the public are:

-Recognize mutually the specific work regimes of each country via the A1 form and obtain document A1 within a maximum of 48 hours;

- Prohibit "declarations of arrival" discriminating de facto a "national" citizen in relation to a "European" citizen;

- Delete Article 17 of the OECD in bilateral tax agreements (place of residence and place of performance) to prevent double taxation of artists;

- Provide a network of European and national inquiry points for CCI and TPW actors, including the possibility of individual advice;

- Guarantee the same rights and security for CCI and TPW actors as other workers both at national level and in the context of mobility, for example through the portability of rights;

- Adapt and harmonize the social security model of the Member States which guarantees greater social protection for all types of workers.

- Consider social and cultural spending as a fundamental investment in society by taking it out of the current expenditure of the budgets of the Member States.

-To reinforce the European dimension in secondary school curricula, especially in history and art.

- Redo living twinning as a link between European cities by culture.

- To create, at the European level, a call for projects  New Sponsors open to all European artists and in which the citizens would be at the same time sponsor, judges and public.

- Open information booths so that artists can know their rights in the European countries where they work.

- Create a European scholarship on the Erasmus model for artists' mobility, which would provide them with support and budget.

- Strengthen cultural cooperation in Europe to solve problems common to all structures such as digitalisation of the cultural sector, through the sharing of practices.

- Strengthen the transversality between public policies, including cultural policies, with the support of Europe and through cooperation in Europe.

- Create new forms of artistic prizes and cultural promotions on the model of European Capitals of Culture for the cultural development of European territories.

- Create a European network of third places.

- Lobbying for the simplification of procedures for accessing and monitoring European grants.