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CITES certificate instrument transportation – news Feb 2016

information from the PEARLE network THE NEWS With the aim to ease travelling for musicians and orchestras, the Commission is currently evaluating whether to amend CITES Resolution 16.8 on the musical instrument certificate (MIC) and to adapt relevant European Regulation accordingly. This meeting of all CITES parties (around 200 countries, the European Commission is a […]

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Ministers of Transport to decide on Air Passengers Rights – time to act for music instruments

Following last year’s disagreement on Air Passenger Rights revision between European Parliament and Council, the Ministers of Transports composing the Transport Council are to produce an alternative version by June 2015. The Parliament version was close to the regulation adopted in the US, and strongly in favor of clear obligations for airlines in regards to instruments […]

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How to prepare your tour with music instruments containing protected species?

Travelling with musical instruments containing parts of protected species listed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) requires an in-depth preparation. Whereas in the past, there was no risk factor to cross international borders with such an instrument, (long existing CITES rules were largely unimplemented), the situation […]

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Where are we on air passenger rights ? Vote last Feb 5th 2014

The European Parliament has voted on 5 February 2014 on proposals from the European Commission to strengthen passenger rights, and after the proposed amendments of the  Transport commission of the Parliament (rapporteur MEP Georges BACH, Luxembourg). The voted text mentions the case of musical instruments, among other amendments. Below is the extracts of the initial European […]

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Amendment to the Customs Code applied today

A new amendment of the Customs Code was published in the Official Journal on October 31st and is to be applied from today onwards. It concerns international musicians entering the European Union with portable instruments. It is now stated that they will be free from import duties if the use on EU ground is temporary […]

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Agreement with the British Ministry of Transport

Best Practice among FEVIS Europe members and partners The Musicians’ Union negotiated a general agreement with the Ministry of Transport in the UK. This agreement allowed them to issue a card that travelling musicians carry along with them as they tour with their instruments. This example of national best practice may inspire other national associations to […]

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Where are we on instrument transportation ? Facts and texts

FIM and Pearle acted on the issue of instrument transportation last year. Indeed, the Passenger Rights directive is being revised and will be voted in the coming months by the European Parliament. The first step consisted in having a say in the proposed text. FIM organized a petition online on instrument transportation, which was signed by […]

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