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9 January 2012

The Best Team Ever: Success of the Action to Protect European String-Making Tradition

Last year you have probably been watching closely on the developments in the field of european baroque string-making. The trouble had been caused by certain laws and important string-making companies ceasing production of such strings.

For this reason even I had no choice but play in December a concert on violoncello da spalla strung with three steel strings though I did ask a few string-makers in August to provide gut-strings for it. Helas, strings have never been supplied.


When yet another company stopped their production in November a group of musicians created an overwhelming action. The result was a success.

I would like to express my gratitude to the following persons who created the two online petitions, created and promoted the FB page "Salviamo Corde di Budello", and who were the best team ever:


Claudio Ronco - baroque cellist
Emanuela Vozza - baroque cellist
Maria Caruso - President at Silentia Luane, early music festival in Parma 
Pietro Fabris - musician at Symphonisches Orchester Zürich
Silvia Scozzi - musician
Dario Luisi - baroque violinist


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special thanks go to Mr. Matjaz Klemencic Sign (Policy Officer Animal health - European Commission, Health and Consumers, Direcktorate general), Martial Plantady (Legislative Officer - Food hygiene, Alert System and Training, European Commission health and consumers, Direcktorate general) Mimmo Peruffo (Stringmaker and researcher), Geert Robberechts (La Petite Band manager) and Saïd El Khadraoui (Belgian MEP) for their attention and complete understanding of the problem as well as professionalism in handling the issue at a meeting in Brussels on the 12th of December 2011.

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all the persons who signed the petition and helped to lead the action to its successful end.

The result of the action is described by the administrators of the FB page. The complete text goes below:

"‎(ENGLISH TEXT)
Dear friends and signatories of European petition,

we finally received wonderful news from Brussels, with all the details that we want to tell you. Thanks to the interest by Parliament Members Rinaldi and Berlato, our petit...ion has resulted in two parliamentary questions which, together with the echo of the press and the action of important personalities of Early Music, had the effect of capturing the attention of senior officials of the European Union, in particular of Department of Food and Animal Health.

These officials gave their availability to establish urgently a Technical Commission, on the issue of safeguard of String Making Art with the firm intention to face and resolve once and for all the problem.

In the committee were present: Matjaz Klemencic Sign (Policy Officer Animal health - European Commission, Health and Consumers, Direcktorate general), Martial Plantady (Legislative Officer - Food hygiene, Alert System and Training, European Commission health and consumers, Direcktorate general) Mimmo Peruffo (Stringmaker and researcher), Dmitry Badiarov (Luthier and musician) Geert Robberechts (La Petite Band manager), Saïd El Khadraoui (Belgian MEP).

Thanks to these contacts with directly concerned law makers, we have been able to get strong and definitive supports which represent the first-ever recognition of the existence of String makers category at the European level and the first solid legislative protection of their work. Very briefly, the contents of measures which will be released in the coming months are the followings:

1) harmonization of rules governing the exchange and / or import of raw material for string-makers (beef gut in salted strips) inside and outside European Union;

2) establishment of a production unit of high quality raw material under EU protection in European territory. This unique center will provide raw material required to support the production of all string makers in Europe and will be supported by appropriate incentives, both economic and technical;

3) the resolution of a specific and simplified health regulation foreseen for European string making companies (which are still required to acquire the status of Authorized Technical Plant ).

As already done for the success of the petition in support of Italian string making, as administrators of this page, we feel very satisfied with the results obtained, we wish to thank you singularly for your active participation in promoting our petitions and we invite you once again to spread the culture of String Making Art promoting initiatives on the matter and freely signaling them in our facebook page or on newborn blog "Amor Cordis!" (http://amorcordis.blogspot.com/) that aims to be a virtual platform to collect any new cultural acquisition on historical gut strings.

http://amorcordis.blogspot.com/2011/12/amor-cordis-uno-spazio-culturale.html

European petition is therefore officially closed starting from today, Tuesday, December 13 at 22.45, with 2584 signatures.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!"

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