Airlines' threat to our creativity
We cannot allow airlines to silence the musicians of Europe.
It was with great concern that I read of the £1,340 'violin charge' imposed on travelling musicians.
I myself have raised the issue with the European Commission and will be bringing it before the European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism of which I am a member.
As well as an amateur musician being ripped off, this will impact negatively on people whose very livelihoods depend on their instruments travelling safely with them.
We cannot tolerate a situation where musicians are prevented from carrying out their work by excessive charges.
The motto of the European Union is 'Unity in Diversity' and cultural exchange is a cornerstone of this fundamental principle.
Arts and culture should benefit society - not an airline's balance-sheet.
MEP for Ireland North West