Vincent Chartier
03 November 2016 to 06 November 2016
03 November 2016 to 06 November 2016
 

CANCELLED - ROUTE 3 : The Arts and the TTIP

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The global economy is being reshaped – but with little transparency. The border between public and private is shaking, as well as the balance between regions, countries and classes. Not just the economy is at stake, as the environment, democratic participation, food safety, employment standards, intellectual property are also at risk. The “cultural exception”, excluding cultural goods from the trade deal, has been widely debated. But shall we believe it’s enough to safeguard cultural diversity? Do we turn a blind eye to the possible risks related to art subsidies, copyright issues, safety regulations and the market logic that may further affect the realm of our sector? Get a comprehensive insight from an expert and share your views on the topic.

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Las Naves – Factory Room
Carrer de Joan Verdeguer, 16
46024
Valencia
Spain
5 November, 2016 - 15:30 to 17:15

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image of Yvonne GIMPEL

The negotiations on the TTIP is a real test for the European Union’s commitment to ensure cultural diversity. The European Commission reassures that cultural sectors will not be affected by the TTIP agreement. At the same time it acknowledges that there’s no “cultural exception” because “as far as trade is concerned, there is no commonly agreed definition of what counts as 'culture'”. So where does this leave us? Will support for the arts and cultural policies still be possible or conflict with the envisaged trade obligations, enabling corporations and investors to challenge these policies and bring a claim against governments?

Find out more on the Commission’s position on culture and TTIP and read the response of Austrian art and cultural associations in the documents below.

Even though TTIP might have failed, the debate is far from over. TTIP is just the most prominent example of a new generation of ongoing bi- and plurilateral trade negotiations, challenging the scope of legitimate policy objectives and future cultural policies.

Posted 2 years 3 weeks ago
image of Yvonne GIMPEL

And here the position paper of Austrian art and cultural associations on the Arts and the TTIP negotations.

Posted 2 years 3 weeks ago
image of Yvonne GIMPEL

"Why artists are saying no to TTIP" - UK video campaign

Posted 2 years 3 weeks ago
image of Olof SVENSSON

Looking forward to this session! Just wondering if we will also have time to discuss the CETA? TTIP has been on the spotlights of media and citizens' concern in the past months but are we all forgetting that the deal with Canada can be as harming?

Posted 2 years 2 weeks ago
image of Yvonne GIMPEL

Dear Olof, that's a crucial point you're raising. There'll definitly be time to discuss the CETA or at least certain aspects thereof, in particular those related to the cultural realm (as the whole text of the agreement is 1600 pages!).

Posted 2 years 2 weeks ago