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Save Europe's festivals and cultural industry!

With the outbreak of Coronavirus in Europe, the cultural industry is severely impacted by measures to slow down the pandemic. Bookshops, cinemas, theatres, museums and festivals are all at a standstill; their sources of income and cash flow have suddenly come to a halt.

It is suggested by some institutional and cultural actors that no major event can be organised before 2021. All cultural activities bringing together the public, particularly festivals, are facing very great difficulties.

We can't just sit back and wait for the festivals to disappear, Europe must help them and France too!

Without massive public support, many festivals, whatever their size and type, are in danger of disappearing: music, comics, photography and literature...

All are affected by this unprecedented crisis. Indeed, many of them have already committed considerable sums of money for this season and will not be able to reimburse the tickets of all participants without jeopardizing their future.

This is why the French MEPs Christophe GRUDLER, Marie-Pierre VEDRENNE and Laurence FARRENG have called on the European Commission to demand quick solutions regarding the aid envisaged to save the cultural industry in Europe. In particular, they questioned the introduction of a "voucher" instead of cash reimbursement for events, as it has already happened in Germany, Italy and Poland.

Christophe GRUDLER also suggested to the European Commission to mobilise additional emergency cash, which could be distributed through liaison offices in the Member States, to support the many European festivals.

European festivals are an integral part of the life of European citizens and Europe must mobilise to save them as much as possible.

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