European Arenas Association

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Lobbying Costs

25,000€ - 49,999€

Financial year: Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

1.15 Fte (6)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    European Arenas Association   (EAA)

    EU Transparency Register

    088905531785-87 First registered on 14 Jun 2018

    Goals / Remit

    The European Arenas Association


    The European Arenas Association (EAA) was founded in 1990 and incorporated on 23 November 2000. It is a non-profit organisation. The registered office of the Association is situated in Amsterdam and the business office resides in Rotterdam, currently at the Ahoy Arena.

    The Association represents 37 leading European arenas, across 20 different countries, dedicated to presenting and promoting the most innovative and popular entertainment in Europe.

    The European Arenas Association’s (EAA) vision is to be the leading authority on Arenas in Europe and to become the voice not only for its members but for the wider industry

    The EAA aims to become the reference for European best practice and knowledge sharing

    The EAA vision is built on four pillars: knowledge exchange, education and training; advocacy and lobbying; networking; content development

    Main EU files targeted

    EU Petitions/Advocacy Collaboration

    October 2022
    Anti-Piracy coalition: co-signatory on Call to Action sent to President von der Leyen, Vice President Schinas, Commissioner Breton, and Commissioner Gabriel (documents 1a & 1a.i)

    September 2022
    Anti-Piracy coalition: an event organized by the Association of Commercial Television and Video on Demand services in Europe ( ACT) and supported by EAA took place at the European Parliament on 07.09.22 (1b)

    March 2022
    EAA president was invited to speak at an Anti-piracy conference in Brussels endorsed by the French Presidency of the EU Council (1c)

    March 2022
    EAA signed an open letter in collaboration with Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT) on the Digital Services Act aimed at protecting Europe’s live events sector from illegal ticket resale - an official response received on behalf of Commission Vice-President Margrethe Vestager and Commissioner Thierry Breton (1d)

    July 2021
    2nd GESAC petition in support of EU Reopening Guidelines sent to Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner Gabriel (1e)

    July 2021
    Anti-Piracy coalition: EAA is actively involved in a live content coalition in a joint effort to face the threat of piracy/co-signatory in a letter sent to Commissioner Breton calling for changes in the Digital Services Act (1f)

    March 2021
    In collaboration with GESAC, EAA was a co-signatory on a petition letter for a post-lockdown strategy for Europe’s cultural venues sent to Commissioner Thierry Breton

    January 2021
    EAA sent a follow-up letter sent to Ursula von der Leyen, Mariya Gabriel, and Stella Kyrikides requesting further conversations on issues of continued restrictions and the need for a sanitary framework for the safe operation of large-scale events. Petition Letter (1h)

    September 2020
    EAA sent a petition letter on threats from Covid-19 facing the live events industry - calling for targeted European action - sent to EU Commissioners Thierry Breton and Mariya Gabriel, MEPs Sabine Verheyen, Tomasz Frankowski, and Massimiliano Smeriglio and the German Presidency team in charge of culture and sport (1i)
    EU Meetings
    November 2020
    Commissioner Gabriel met with ARA co-founders Olivier Toth and Robert Fitzpatrick to discuss ideas for the live events sector and potential alignment with the EC’s objectives (2a)

    October 2020
    Tomasz Frankowski MEP met with ARA co-founders Olivier Toth and Robert Fitzpatrick to discuss pan- European approach for Covid-19 regulation

    EU Platform Representation

    May 2021
    EAA member spoke at the European Parliament webinar: “Coming back stronger! Ways forward for culture”

    March 2021
    EAA president attended a conference on “Diversity and Competitiveness of the European Music Sector” with EU 27 Member States’ Experts

    May 2019
    EAA President chaired a panel discussion at first EU Music Industry Dialogue on funding initiatives

    March 2021
    EAA president spoke on EC’s Music Moves Europe webinar

    EU Consultation Process Advisory

    March 2021
    EAC DG for music requested EAA/ARA to prepare proposals to contribute to the Communication “Coronavirus: a common path to Europe’s safe re-opening” published on 17 March 2021 (3a)

    February 2021
    MEP Tomasz Frankowski invited EAA/ARA to contribute to the scripting of an amendment focusing specifically on Arenas and Stadiums:

    February 2021
    ARA launched a manifesto outlining the next steps required to build towards the safe return of live events across Europe: Manifesto

    EAA is collaborating with Cultural Action Europe as part of their campaign to include culture in National Recovery Strategies and Reactivate Cultural Life in Europe.


    Head Office
    Ahoy-Weg 10
    Rotterdam 3084
    EU Office
    Ahoy-Weg 10
    Rotterdam 3084


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    No lobbyists with EP accreditations

    Complementary Information

    Executive Officer - strategy implementation - 50% of working time
    President - 25% of working time
    Vice President -10% of working time
    Board Members - 10% of working time

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Trade and business associations

  • Networking


    EAA has been collaborating with GESAC – the European’s Authors Society

    EAA is collaborating in a live content coalition in a joint effort to face the threat of piracy of all live events within the cultural ecosystem

    EAA collaborating with Cultural Action Europe as part of their campaign to include culture in National Recovery Strategies and Reactivate Cultural Life in Europe.

    EAA collaborated with FEAT Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Promotes their own interests or the collective interests of their members

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    25,000€ - 49,999€

    Major contributions in closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for current year

    None declared

    Closed year Costs

    25,000€ - 49,999€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)


    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings


    2 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't publish information about such meetings. All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    • Date 10 Nov 2020 Location Virtual
      Subject Discussion on how to support live entertainment venues and the need to address EU harmonisation and wellbeing as key pillars of the strategy to get live events back
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
      Portfolio Innovation and Youth
      • Mariya Gabriel (Commissioner)
    • Date 20 Jun 2018 Location Brussels
      Subject onversations on areas of potential interest and to ensure best practice is followed as the EAA prepares to build representation and to offer its collective experience and expertise as a resource for the EU
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Tibor Navracsics
      Portfolio Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
      • Szabolcs Horvath (Cabinet member)
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