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Ukraine/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.4 Social security frameworks

Chapter 6 (SOCIAL GUARANTEES) of the Law on Culture (2011) establishes the structure and conditions of payment, social and legal security, material aid for cultural employees as well as benefits for those working in rural areas. The 2012 Budget Law envisaged the execution of Part 2 of Article 29 of the Law on Culture for transferring full tariff rates to cultural employees. With this aim, the 2012 budget expenditure for culture has been increased by UAH 200 million (about 30 million EUR) (see also chapter 6.1). However, the 2013-2014 budgets do not support further development of this initiative. It is necessary to note that in 2013 some cultural workers, especially in rural areas and in the research field, continued to earn partial of established rates for such activities (0.25%, 0.50% or 0.80%) for their work. Unfortunately, in 2014, this trend has remained the same and, obviously, it will even become deeper in 2015.

Members of artists' unions (writers, painters, architects, musicians, theatre workers) have a right to receive a service pension, which is equal to the minimum pension. According to the law, they could also have access to premises for use as studios under preferential terms based on decisions by local authorities.

There is no government support programme related to health insurance or taxation for self-employed artists. The general unemployment schemes developed during the last years in Ukraine also include cultural professions and occupations.

See also comparative information provided in the Compendium "Themes!" section under "Status of Artists".

Chapter published: 05-06-2015

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