Today's vote in the LIBE committee on the report of Mr Brice Hortefeux on the proposal for a Regulation establishing a Touring Visa, is a step in the right direction to address the needs of the live performance sector when working and touring with third-country national artists in the Schengen zone.
Welcoming the outcome of today's vote, Pearle looks forward to receiving the support by the different political groups in plenary and calls upon the Council to take a positive approach in view of an agreement with the EP. The sector hopes to be able to quickly benefit from the opportunities arising from such Touring Visa, as it will give oxygen to the sector in terms of increased options for bookings and prolongued engagements. It also responds to the demands of audiences and visiting tourists who seek to enjoy a pleasant evening out.
In particular the Touring Visa will address the needs of the sector by allowing qualified non-EU nationals such as live performance artists with touring companies to circulate within the Schengen zone for up to one year in na 15-month period and thus address the legal gap for stays exceeding 90 days in any 180 day period. It would therefore allow both visa exempt and non-visa exempt individuals to obtain such visa under specific entry conditions.
Pearle*-Live Performance Europe
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Pearle*-Live Performance Europe, was founded in Amsterdam in 1991 and today represents through its members the interests of more than 7000 theatres, theatre production companies, orchestras and music ensembles, opera houses, ballet and dance companies, festivals, producers, comedy, variété, circus and other organisations. The live performance sector accounts for a turnover of nearly 45 billion euros and employs 1,2 million workers.