8.1.4 Support to professional artists associations or unions
Professional qualifications and welfare arrangements for artists and other cultural professionals are the most recent issues that mobilise professional artists' associations (see chapter 4.2.9).
Other issues could be mentioned, such as The Portuguese Association of Librarians, Archivists and Document Professionals (APBAD) which promoted several actions in defence of public lending in Portuguese libraries. This professional association argues that the European directive on the mandatory payment of dues on the loan of works in public libraries would undermine the vitality of public libraries in Portugal, which are struggling with severe economic constraints in order to fulfil their social function. In this context, APBAD promoted several awareness actions, including an online petition addressed to the Portuguese government and the European Commission in defence of public lending in Portuguese libraries.