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Call for arts to share EU views

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The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is calling upon arts organisations to contribute to a survey that will investigate how the European Union affects the UK.

In her written statement launching the review, culture secretary Maria Miller said the final report will aid understanding of the DCMS and of the nature of the UK’s EU membership.

She also said it will provide a constructive and serious contribution to the European debate about modernising, reforming and improving the EU. However the review will not aim to produce specific policy recommendations, she stated.

Neil Webb, director of drama and dance at the British Council, welcomed the survey and said it would provide a way of demonstrating the benefits that the EU brings to UK culture.

“The EU in its current framework and context provides opportunities for UK artists and European partners to network, collaborate and move around freely so I would hope the review provides some good examples of that,” he said.

However, Webb added that he expected issues including EU funding opportunities to be addressed because the UK often misses out on this.

He said: “When it comes to EU funding, we in the UK have a smaller piece of the pie than some other countries do. Part of that is about being able to access the opportunities. The application processes themselves can be quite daunting and we are also at a slight disadvantage to some of our mainland continental European partners because we are not as well networked into the rest of Europe, partly due to our geographical position.”

The DCMS survey forms part of a wider cross-government investigation into how the UK is influenced by EU law.

Launched last summer by foreign secretary William Hague, the Review of the Balance of Competences is being rolled out across different government departments until summer 2014.

The DCMS consultation closes on August 7 and its results are expected by the autumn.

To take part in the review you can submit written evidence to balanceofcompetences@culture.gsi.gov.uk or complete an online survey at www.gov.uk/government/consultations/call-for-evidence-culture-tourism-and-sport.


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