Lebanon/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.4 Social security frameworks

Until only few months ago, there were no laws that provide social or medical care or pensions for artists. In 27 Jan. 2008 a law regulating art professions was issued and this law contains provisions pertaining to social security for workers in the field of culture and arts in Lebanon.

Articles 13, 14, 15 and 16 of chapter five of this law entitled Mutual Aid Fund stipulate:

A mutual aid funds for artists shall be created and shall be subject to the laws and regulations in force in this field, particularly Decree 35 of 1977 and Decree 515 of 1977 in consistency with the provisions of this law.

Affiliation applicants shall be members in one of the unions specified in this law and shall fulfill the other technical and financial conditions stipulated by the Mutual Aid Funds properly.

The Funds shall be run by a management board comprised of a representative of each union and a government commissioner. The members of this Funds shall be appointed by virtue of a decision issued by the Minister of Culture and these members shall be nominated by the unions concerned and the Unions Association.

The government commissioner shall be an employee from the Ministry of Culture (class-3 at least) appointed by virtue of the mentioned ministerial decision. The designated members; chairman, vice-chairman, general secretary and treasurer, shall be appointed by virtue of a decision issued by the Minister of Culture. Elected members appointed by the Minister of Culture, including: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

The revenues of this Funds shall come from:

Annual subscription fee from each member determined by the Funds.

2% fee deducted from all types of art shows and performances collected by the Ministry of Finance and transferred to the Funds on a monthly basis.

10% fee imposed on contracts of foreign artists collected by the Ministry of Finance and transferred to the Funds on a monthly basis.

Annual financial contribution from the Ministry of Culture determined by virtue of a decision issued by the Minister.

Donations, contributions and wills accepted subject to the approval of the Minister of Culture.


Chapter published: 07-04-2016


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