80 organisations joint statement on the revision of the Visa code (December 2018)

80 organisations from the cultural sector joined forces in a call to the European Institutions to take into consideration the specific needs of the sector in the context of the trilogue negotiations on the Revision of the Visa Code.

They underline that the cultural sector in Europe desires transparent and easy application processes when inviting artists, cultural professionals, touring groups, and others from visa-required countries. A diverse cultural offer in Europe’s concert halls and arenas, theatres and festivals, city events or other cultural initiatives, allows to attract audiences, generate income for the cultural and creative sectors, as well as for other economic sectors (tourism, bars, restaurants, hotels…) and public sources. 

The statement presents the specific issues on which it calls the European Institutions to take those into consideration. 

The Signatories

AEC (European Association of Conservatoires)

AMA (Art Moves Africa)

Arts and Theatre Institute - Czech Mobility Info Point

ASEF - Asia Europe Foundation

CAE (Culture Action Europe)

CEPI (European Coordination of Independent Producers)

CIRCOSTRADA (European Network Circus and Street Arts)

Cité Internationale des Arts – Paris


Cultuurloket (Mobili0ty Infopoint Flanders)

DutchCulture - Centre for International Cooperation

EAEA (European Arts and Entertainment Alliance)

European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

ECA (European Circus Association)

ECF (European Cultural Foundation)

ECSA (European Composers and Songwriters Alliance)

EFA (European Festivals Association)

E-FAITH (European Federation of Associations for industrial heritage and technical heritage)

EFFORTS (European Federation of Fortified Sites)

EJN (European Jazz Network)

ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts)

EMC (European Music Council)

ENCATC (European Network on Cultural Management and Policy)

ENCC (European Network of Cultural Centres)

ESNS - Eurosonic Noorderslag

ETC (European Theatre Convention)

EUROCINEMA (Association of Films and Television Producers)

EUROPA Distribution


European Coalition for Cultural Diversity

EUROZINE (European Network of Cultural journals and online magazines)

FEDEC (European Federation of Professional Circus Schools)

Fédération Mondiale du Cirque

FEP (Federation of European Publishers)

FERA - Federation of European Film Directors

FIAD - International Federation of Film Distributors Associations

FIAPF - International Federation of Film Producers' Associations

HowlRound Theatre Commons US/NL

IAMIC - International Association of Music Information Centres

IAO - International Artist Organisation

IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts)

IFACCA (International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies)

IG Kultur Österreich

IGCAT - International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism

IMMF International Music Managers Forum

IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association)

IMPF - Independent Music Publishers Forum

INCD - International Network on Cutural Diversity

INES - Innovation Network of European Showcases

IN-SITU - European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space

ISFE - Europe's Video Game Industry

ITI Germany

IVF - International Video Federation

JM International (Jeunesses Musicales International)

KEA European Affairs

Kulturrat österreich / Austrian Cultural Council

Live DMA (European Network for Music Venues and Festivals)

LIVEUROPE - Live Music Platform for New European Talent)

LPA - Live Performance Australia

Michael Culture Association

MobiCulture - Mobility Info Point France


On the Move (Cultural Mobility Information Network)

Opera Europa

PEARLE* - Live Performance Europe

RBCMN - Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network

REMA (European Early Music Network)

Res Artis (Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies)

RUCO (Russian Union of Concert Organisations)

Russian Theatre Union

Scensverige /Swedish ITI

SEE Heritage Network



TEH (Trans Europe Halles)

UNIC (International Union of Cinemas)

VAUNET - German Media Association

YOUROPE (European Festivals Association)

Zbigniew Raszewski - Theatre Institute Poland

Zone Franche - Le Réseau de Musique du Monde

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