EU policy library refers to Freemuse Visa White Paper

18 June 2010
The Freemuse report ‘Visas / The Discordant Note’ has been included as an official reference document in the EU Commission’s Library of policy documents

For two years various experts have met regularly in Bruxelles to discuss mobility and visa issues, and a core group has now developed a number of recommendations to the EU Commission and the EU member states.

The final report from the working group has a special chapter on visa issues, and it recommends to the EU Commission and the EU member states that “…the member states should promote close cooperation between culture and visa authorities at all levels especially within embassies on implementing Visa Code”

The EU report thus – along the line of the original Freemuse report – points out the specific lack of coordination at the level of ministries of culture and ministries of immigration / foreign affairs.

The report includes an extensive Annex with reference to several reports on mobility.



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European Commision | Culture:

Library of policy documents


OMC working group on the mobility of culture professionals – June 2010:

‘Final report and recommendations to the Cultural Affairs Committee on improving the conditions to support the mobility of artists and culture professionals’

Freemuse – 21 January 2009:

Visa issues: Transparency and correct information is the key

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New U.S. study on cultural exchanges since September 11
A new study by Center for Arts and Culture, “Cultural Diplomacy: Recommendations and Research,” concludes that U.S. cultural diplomacy has become a neglected facet of foreign and domestic policy.
In an era when American culture often drives resentment and fear in foreign lands, the study cautions the State Department not to ride roughshod over the cultural traditions of others. Instead, U.S. efforts “should recognize the value of other cultures, show a desire to learn from them, and seek ways to help preserve their traditions and historic sites and artifacts.”

And the government should work harder not just to bring American artists overseas but to make it easier for artists overseas to travel and work in America. Specifically, the study encourages the Homeland Security and State departments to “work together to improve the current visa it is less of a barrier for foreign visitors, artists, and scholars, and for the presenters who invite them.”

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The study can be found at

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