European Federation of Journalists

Creative Skills Europe

Accompanying the transformations of the market and of individual careers in the European audiovisual and live performance sectors: a social dialogue perspective

A European partnership project (Feb. 2017 – Jan. 2019)

Trade unions and management of the EU social dialogue committees on live performance (LP) and the audiovisual sector (AV) have conversations on the developments affecting the sector and the implications of those developments for social dialogue for many years already, and skills development in the AV and LP sectors has a prominent place on the work programme of both committees. The evolutions of the sector activities and occupations, in particular, strongly affected by the digital shift and the 2008 economic crisis, have been very high on the agenda with a shared view on the need to develop the sector labour market intelligence, and its capacity to understand and anticipate change.

In 2012 the two committees decided to launch their first joint project, bringing together the perspectives of the AV and LP sectors on the evolutions of their operational environment, and on their consequences in terms of skills needs and professional training. After running a feasibility study that recognised the relevance and interest of structuring the sector co-operation at EU level in the field of skills development, the European Skills Council for Employment and Training, gathered during 21 months – next to the European Trade unions and management and their national members – a large pool of operators to understand the trends at work on the field, and identify the skills needs to better match initial and ongoing training to the realities on the ground.

Based on the lessons learned and recommendations developed under this project, the two EU social dialogue committees decided to further deepen their cooperation and enter a new phase of their joint work.

The new initiative aims to strengthen the capacity of national and European Trade unions and management to actively engage in national and European social dialogue on skills development with the objective to address the deep transformations affecting our sectors in terms of activities, occupations and quality of work.

Looking at skills development but also at the consequences of the sector transformations in terms of business models, work organisation, Human Resources and career management, this new project aims at equipping sector stakeholders with the right tools to properly address the new challenges and implement relevant solutions within social dialogue frameworks and beyond.

The project will organise 4 thematic workshops focusing on:

  • The new business models and work organisation in the audiovisual and live performance sectors and the role of social dialogue (London, UK)
  • Human resources and career management (Brussels, Belgium)
  • The digital environment and the diversification of training tools (Cologne, Germany)
  • Collective bargaining on skills and career development in the AV & LP sectors (Paris, France)

A Final European Conference will present results and outputs of the project, and envisage any further steps. It will also allow social partners at European level to decide if, at a next stage, they wish to develop or negotiate a European instrument (e.g. guidelines; Framework of Action or any other instrument/ tool) on one or more specific topics in relation to skills development in the AV and LP sectors.

Following each workshop, the project will produce a number of deliverables:

• A publication on the most innovative trends in business models and work organisation in the AV and LP sectors, and how social dialogue can adapt to these trends, highlighting examples of practices from across Europe and beyond, and putting forward recommendations for a better response of social partners and sector organisations to the new environment

• A toolkit for the development of HR strategies in the AV and LP sectors, accompanied by a communication strategy for this toolkit to reach out to as many businesses as possible across Europe (incl. an online tool)

• Recommendations for the development of the sector funding schemes, accessible to both employees and independent workers, for improved career management and lifelong learning opportunities in our sectors

• A publication on successful training schemes and tools to raise digital skills in the sectors, link creativity and other skills needed in the contemporary world (digital, entrepreneurial, etc.), and develop on-the job learning

• A compilation of good practices of Collective Bargaining Agreements in the LP and AV sectors in Europe, supporting skills and career development in the sectors

Accompanying the project activities, an online platform (the Creative Skills Europe website – www.creativeskillseurope.eu) will offer a private space accessible to workshops participants, and a public space where resources will be published at different stages of the project.

This project is piloted by :

  • European social partners: EURO-MEI (UNI-Europa performance and media branch), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe (PEARLE*), the International Federation of Actors (FIA), the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the European Coordination of Independent Producers (CEPI);
    and by
  • National skills organisations: mediarte.be (Belgium), Sociaal Fonds voor de Podiumkusten (Belgium), CPNEF AV (France), CPNEF SV (France), Creative & Cultural Skills (UK), Creative Skillset (UK), GOC (the Netherlands), Kulturakademin Trappan (Sweden), DGTH (Germany), Career & Transfer Centre from the UDK University (Germany)

For more information, please contact Daphne Tepper – Project Director – dtepper@creativeskillseurope.eu

Project VS 2017 0014 – This project receives the support of the European Union

Actions

Croatia: Dora Kršul and Telegram.hr accused by the Minister of Culture and Media of publishing “malicious fake news”

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) expresses its anger at the unacceptable comments made towards awarded journalist Dora Kršul and the media outlet Telegram.hr by the Minister of Culture and Media of Croatia. We demand an immediate apologies and a retraction. “Malicious fake news”: those were the words used by Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek in interviews, to talk about articles published by Telegram.hr and written by Dora Kršul. Discredit, an overused technique, is particularly worrying for the state of press freedom in a country when it comes from the Minister responsible for the media. The journalist, on 15 January, published a follow-up…

Croatia: EFJ calls on MPs to reject “anti-leaks” legislation

The Croatian Parliament began on 18 January 2024 reviewing amendments to the criminal code tabled by the government to criminalise the unauthorised leaking of documents from criminal proceedings. The text provides for up to three years’ imprisonment for anyone disclosing the contents of “an investigative or evidentiary document”. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined its affiliate, the Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA), in calling for the proposed legislation to be dropped, as it would have alarming repercussions for journalistic sources and the right to information. While a paragraph has been added to exempt journalists from criminal liability, the proposed amendments…

Greece: Ahead of court hearing, SLAPP lawsuit against media and journalists must be dropped

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined the undersigned international freedom of expression and media freedom organisations today in renewing our condemnation of a groundless defamation lawsuit filed against Greek journalists and media by Grigoris Dimitriadis, the nephew of the Prime Minister, and urge the plaintiff to urgently withdraw the lawsuit ahead of an upcoming hearing. With the first hearing due at an Athens court of First Instance on 25 January, 2024 after a year-and-a-half delay, our organisations restate our shared characterisation of this lawsuit as a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) – a vexatious effort to muzzle investigative…

Voices Awards for Journalism: Call for entries

Come to the Voices Festival as an awardee! The Voices Awards are organised within the Voices Festival, a brand-new itinerant event co-funded by the European Commission to celebrate Journalism and Media Literacy in Europe. It will recognize the works of journalists that best convey the values and goals of the Voices Festival, which will take place in Florence on 15-16 March 2024. The award winners will receive a monetary award of €1.000 each and will have a dedicated space to present their work to the Festival community. Journalists can apply to one of the five categories: 1. Up-and-coming: innovative and…

Ukraine: who tried to intimidate prominent journalist Yurii Nikolov?

Ukrainian investigative journalist Yurii Nikolov said on Monday that he received a visit from unidentified people threatening him. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and its affiliates in Ukraine, NUJU and IMTUU, call on the Ukrainian authorities to identify the perpetrators of the threats and ensure the protection of the journalist. Nikolov is a co-founder and an editor of the Nashi Groshi investigative media project. He is well known for his investigations exposing corruption in Ukraine’s public procurement, including the Defense Ministry. Nikolov’s investigations into inflated prices for food supplies and low-quality winter jackets for the military prompted the ousting…

Poland: MFRR reasserts recommendations for democratic reform for press freedom and public media

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joins the undersigned partner organisations of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) today renew their call for democratic and comprehensive reform to Poland’s public broadcasters which creates systematic safeguards to limit the ability of all governments, future and present, to meddle in editorial or institutional independence of the country’s public media. The MFRR coalition also reaffirms the set of recommendations for steps that can be taken by the new coalition government to improve the wider situation for media freedom and independent journalism in Poland. These recommendations were jointly developed following a recent mission of…