Creators launch priorities for EU policy

Cre­ators launch pri­or­i­ties for EU pol­i­cy and call for re-estab­lish­ment of Inter­group on Cul­tur­al and Cre­ative Industries

On 25 Sep­tem­ber, cre­ators from across Europe will descend on Brus­sels to meet face-to-face with some of Europe’s top deci­sion-mak­ers at the “Meet The Authors” event host­ed by MEP Chris­t­ian Ehler. Oth­er senior fig­ures in atten­dance will include Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment David Sas­soli, and Mariya Gabriel, Euro­pean Com­mis­sion­er for Dig­i­tal Econ­o­my and Society.

Singer and song­writer PAENDA will rep­re­sent Aus­tria at the event.

The Meet The Authors event marks the launch of the Cre­ators’ Pri­or­i­ties for Ambi­tious Euro­pean Pol­i­cy to pro­mote cul­ture, cre­ativ­i­ty and innovation.

It will also be the occa­sion for a num­ber of MEPs from all polit­i­cal groups to express their sup­port for the re-estab­lish­ment of the Inter­group on Cul­tur­al and Cre­ative Indus­tries (CCI) ini­ti­at­ed by MEP Ehler. Stud­ies have shown that the CCIs are the third biggest employ­er in Europe, pro­vid­ing more than 12 mil­lion jobs, often to young peo­ple. Cre­ators are at the core of the CCIs, and GESAC, rep­re­sent­ing more than 1.1 mil­lion cre­ators through its 32 mem­bers in the EU and EEA, there­fore ful­ly sup­ports this initiative.

GESAC Gen­er­al Man­ag­er Véronique Des­bross­es said: “The CCI Inter­group proved to be instru­men­tal in the adop­tion of the Copy­right Direc­tive – a reform that address­es the pow­er imbal­ance lever­aged by US tech giants against the cre­ative sec­tor and that helps to ensure that cre­ators can live off their work. Though the Direc­tive was a major step in the right direc­tion, there is still a lot to be done and the cre­ators are call­ing on MEPs to sup­port “An ambi­tious pol­i­cy for cre­ators and the CCI.””

Véronique Des­bross­es added Euro­pean pol­i­cy­mak­ers will have to address sev­er­al issues in the next five years to ensure that cre­ators are fair­ly remu­ner­at­ed for their work. The prop­er trans­po­si­tion of copy­right reforms, stop­ping aggres­sive attempts by Chi­nese, US and Kore­an device man­u­fac­tur­ers to phase out long-stand­ing com­pen­sa­tion schemes for  pri­vate copy­ing to the detri­ment of Euro­pean con­sumers and cre­ators, and tack­ling the dam­ag­ing buy-out claus­es cir­cum­vent­ing Euro­pean and nation­al rules are at the top of the list”.


GESAC (Euro­pean Group­ing of Soci­eties of Authors and Com­posers) com­pris­es 32 authors’ soci­eties from across the Euro­pean Union, Ice­land, Nor­way, and Switzer­land. As such, we rep­re­sent more than 1 mil­lion cre­ators and rights hold­ers in the areas of musi­cal, audio­vi­su­al, visu­al arts, and lit­er­ary and dra­mat­ic works.

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