EWC is grateful for the financial support provided by:

The Association of Finnish Non-Fiction Writers (Finland)
The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society-UK
The Swedish Writers’ Union
The Society of Swedish Authors in Finland
ProLitteris (Switzerland)
The Swedish Association for Educational Writers
Sanasto, the Finnish Authors’ Copyright Society 

Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) and the New Transatlantic Market (NTM) (August 1998)


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On the occasion of the XVI European Writers’ Congress, held in Stockholm, August 28-30, 1998, the following resolution was adopted unanimously:

The European Writers’ Congress intends to defend the concept of the author, a natural person and possessor of rights, which represents a crucial guarantee for ?? ?????? ???????? ????????? ???????? the future freedom of pluralistic expression, of ideas and the diversity of cultures.

The EWC deplores the fact that the care of literary and artistic property, which implies the necessary respect of authors’ moral and patrimonial rights, can be turned to the profit of the investors in such an arrogant and one-sided manner.

The EWC unequivocally rejects the inclusion, in any form, of cultural goods and services protected by the Berne Convention in the MAI negotiations and/or those of the NTM.