Creators launch priorities for EU Policy at European Parliament

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Creators from across Europe gathered at the ‘Meet the Authors’ event in Brussels hosted by MEP Christian Ehler to launch the Creators Priorities for Ambitious European Policy to promote culture, creativity and innovation.

The event, which took place yesterday (Wednesday), gave creators the opportunity to meet some of Europe’s top decision-makers.

PRS for Music board director Tom Gray was in attendance to champion creators and support an ambitious policy for their future.

The occasion also offered MEPs from all political groups the opportunity to push for the re-establishment of the intergroup on Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI).

The drive comes after studies have shown that CCIs are the third largest employer in Europe.

Véronique Desbrosses, general manager, GESAC, says: ‘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.’

‘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.’

For more information about the Creators Priorities for Ambitious European Policy, please visit authorsocieties.eu.

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