Is an EU entertainment services firm permitted to invest in or operate a business in Barbados?
Barbados has not taken a commitment to permit EC service providers to enter Barbados to provide the services. Nevertheless, given the commitment to permit EC operators to invest in/ establish a business in Barbados, the entry of key personnel and graduate trainees is permitted, but only when these skills are not available locally.
What about an EU firm that wishes to supply entertainment services to Barbadians who are resident in an EU Member State?
There are no restrictions on EUservice providers (i) providing services to Barbadians in Barbados from an EU state.
How about entertainment services providers who are independent operators. Are they allowed to enter into contracts in the EU under the EPA?
Yes, independent entertainment services providers who have a contract with a client in an EU Member State may travel to these countries to provide services under these conditions:
The person from Barbados applying for temporary entry must be supplying a service and must be a self-employed person established in Barbados, and must have obtained a service contract for a period not exceeding 12 months.
The independent entertainment services provider must possess at least 6 years professional experience in the relevant sector.
The temporary entry will be for a cumulative period not exceeding 6 months (or 25 weeks in Luxembourg) during a 12-month period or for the duration of the contract (whichever is less).
The visa permits only the contracted service activity, no other business activities.
The independent professional in the entertainment services field will also be subject to the following conditions in certain countries:
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden & United Kingdom: Qualification may be required. Economic needs test will be applied.
Austria: Advanced qualification may be required. Economic needs test will be applied.
Slovenia: The Barbadian professional’s duration of stay is limited to 7 days per event. For circus and amusement park services, the duration of stay is limited to a maximum of 30 days per calendar year.
Belgium: There is no commitment to permit the supply of these services via this form of supply.
What about Barbadian companies providing entertainment services to EU consumers from Barbados to EU consumers who are located in Barbados? Does the EPA allow this activity?
With the following conditions, yes.
Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia: There is no commitment to permit the supply of these services via this form of supply.
Bulgaria: There is no commitment to permit the supply of these services in Barbados except for theatrical producers, singer groups, band and orchestra entertainment services; services provided by authors, composers, sculptors, entertainers and other individual artists; ancillary theatrical services.
Estonia: There is no commitment to permit the supply of these services except for cinema theatre services, and in Lithuania & Latvia, there is no commitment to permit the supply of these services except for cinema theatre operation services.
Our entertainment services firm is able to provide services to a client in the EU without actually travelling there to live or work. Are there provisions in the EPA for that type of activity?
Yes, there are. However, under the EPA, the following countries have made no commitment to permit the supply of entertainment services through this form:
Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia & United Kingdom.
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