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The European Union Prize for Literature moves its 2020 ceremony online!
Brussels, 11 September 2020 The Consortium comprised of the European Writers’ Council (EWC), the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), in charge of running the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL), has decided – together with the Creative Europe program – to change the EUPL 2020 award ceremony due to take place on ...

International & European Solidarity for Belarus and EWC Member The Union of Belarusian Writers (UBW)
The Members of the European Writers’ Council support its member the Union of Belarusian Writers in its efforts for democracy, free speech and new fair elections. Several european and international networks from the cultural and the book world joined the movement. ...

The EWC Annual General Meeting 2020 was successfully held online
Integrity, freedom of speech, and solidarity: The community of writers and translators of the European book sector stands together for independence and diversity Brussels, 7 September 2020 Thirty-eight delegates and representatives of EWC organisations from twenty-one countries participated in the three-hour video meeting, the first virtual Annual General assembly in the history of the European Writers’ Council, on Monday 07/09/2020. ...

The European Writers’ Council condemns the criminal case opened by Alexander Lukashenko against the Nobel Prize winner for literature, Svetlana Alexievich, and the Coordination Council in Belarus
The European Writers’ Council demands a peaceful development in Belarus, which will allow its citizens freedom and democratic participation. The EWC supports its member the Union of Belarusian Writers in its efforts for democracy, free speech and new fair elections. ...

EWC Statement on Belarus: we urge the governments of the European Union not to stand by in silence
The European Writers’ Council vehemently condemns the massive violations of free speech and human rights in Belarus The European Writers’ Council is highly concerned about the violent and systematic oppression of peaceful protests against the official results of the presidential elections and against the autocratic President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.  ...

VOICES FROM BELARUS
Since peaceful protests against a rigged election began in Belarus, the government has unleashed terrible violence against its own citizens, including children. The authorities have imprisoned demonstrators and are subjecting them to horrible conditions beyond comprehension. These following reports and interviews document the arbitrary violence against citizens of Belarus. A summary of the political events can be found at the ...

EWC Survey: Press and Media reviews
Reviews and comments on the EWC Survey “Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Writers and Translators in the European Book Sector” ++ updated 10 August 2020 ++ Brussels 12 June 2020: The findings of the EWC Survey had been published on 2 June 2020. Together with a statement and a call to decision-makers for an overall political commitment to culture and ...
Copyright: © Micha Klootwijk

OPEN LETTER: 45 leading cultural personalities call for the European Council to invest in all our creative futures
Creators and professionals from the sector call on the EU leaders to be bold and to invest in culture and the arts Brussels, 13 July 2020. 45 leading cultural personalities including President of the EWC Nina George, international bestselling authors Sebastian Fitzek and Nele Neuhaus, composer Jean Michel Jarre, performance artist Marina Abramović and singer Björk, co-signed a call for ...

Do Books Still Have a Future?
Diversity of Literature Requires Political Commitment across Policy Areas – in Every Country By Nina George, President of the European Writers’ Council. The consequences of the Covid-19 crisis and its countermeasures are assessed as having a serious impact on the entire book sector in Germany and Europe as well as on writers and translators. This is according to the results ...

How to champion writers and translators behind every book
What Can We Do For Authors, Nina George? A special view on the German and the European Situation in and after the Covid-19 crisis 22 June 2020 I I could take an alarmist approach to this: after all, the situation for writers and translators, as the sources behind the german 13.4 billion-euro book value chain[1], continues to be serious. Event ...

Writers in the time of Corona: the DW Books Interviews
EWC President Nina George and Bel Olid, President of the Associació d’Escriptors en Llengua Catalana, on the situation for writers in Europe during Pandemic The measures against COVID-19 affects all. in the midst of the greatest rupture in world society and a fundamental challenge for the cultural landscape, Deutsche Welle TV – Books video-called authors around the world to find ...

Authors from all over the world joined #behindeverybook on #WorldBookDay2020
EWC campaign #behindeverybook on 23 April: solidarity with and for authors – thousands of writers, translators and illustrators joined the action   Brussels, 27 April 2020 Dear EWC Member, colleagues, friends, You could say: this was a great party, a declaration of love to authors and their books as well as a movement of solidarity with each other! All over ...

EUROPEAN WRITERS’ COUNCIL (EWC )

Fédération des associations européennes d’écrivains (FAEE – AISBL)

The European Writers’ Council represents 160,000 professional writers and translators in the book and text sector in all genres, from all over Europe.

 

The European Writers’ Council is the federation of 46 national organisations of professional writers and translators in 30 countries including the EU, as well as Belarus, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and Montenegro, altogether writing in 32 languages.

EWC’s member associations represent 160,000 individual authors in the book and text sector in all genres.

The EWC defends the professional interests of its members in economic, legal and political contexts, their right to remuneration and compensation for their works, their relevance in cultural and social policy, freedom of expression, freedom of association, and the importance of lesser spoken and written languages.

The EWC champions the diversity of literatures while raising awareness for both the role of authors in society and the need to have their social, moral and economic rights respected in the digital age.

The EWC promotes the need for a wider access to culture, including the production of special formats for the visually impaired persons of the world.

The EWC remains determined to raise and publicly present the commitment of professional writers and translators to shaping the profile of Europe through individual creativity within the diversity of expressions in the rich variety of living European languages.

The EWC is part of the consortium implementing the European Union Prize for Literature, in collaboration with the European Commission.

The EWC-EWC/FAEE aisle’s official aims and mission are to represent the professional interests of the creators of literature: poetry, fiction and non-fiction, juvenile and children’s literature, drama, screenplay, core texts for audiovisual works and translation of all forms of literary works, while contributing to the debate on the role of authors, culture and cultural policy in Europe and the world; to facilitate trans-European cultural & literary co-operation,and to advocate for the literatures of Europe, cultural and linguistic diversity, and also to promote the writers’ contribution to culture, including in the lesser known languages.

Our mission comprises three main objectives/domains within the European context:

  • Authors’ Rights, including Copyright
  • Cultural Policy
  • Cultural Exchange

The EWC is legally represented by the Executive Board: the President and up to two Vice-Presidents, plus up to four regular board members. These professional writers act in an honorary capacity and are elected or re-elected by the EWC Assembly for the term of two years.
The delegates of each organisation gather each year in a European city and participate in the Annual General Assembly, which is the main governing body.

The duty of running the day-to-day business and of implementing the policies and work programme has been assigned to the Secretary-General who is our legal representative and spokesperson, working in close contact with the Board whose members live in seven different countries of Europe.

The size and scope of this continuous work in co-operation with other European authors’ organisations, stakeholders in the book and publishing chain, collective management organisations (CMOs), the European Parliament, and the European Commission to name just a few, depends on the financial resources of the EWC: These are scarce, as with many independent non-profit authors’ organisations.
The EWC is currently funded by the annual membership fees and donations.

The new elected Board of the European Writers’ Council (EWC) sets its agenda: to strengthen the moral and economic rights of authors and keeping the diversity of literature alive, the most powerful and independent instrument of democracy.

Nina George, international bestselling novelist from Germany, has been elected as President of the EWC at its general assembly 2019 in Riga, Latvia. The Vice-President is Daniel Cristea-Enache (Romania), Director of Communications at the Writers’ Union of Romania and Associate Professor in the Department of Literary Studies at the University of Bucharest. The new elected board includes Poet Ružica Cindori, Secretary General of the Croatian Writers’ Association, Non-fiction-writer Markku Löytönen, Professor of human geography at the University of Helsinki (Finland), and Alena Makouskaya, Director of the Civil society organization “Homeland”, and member of the Secretariat of the Union of the Belarusian Writers.

The new EWC Board sets its agenda on three major tasks:

✪ Protecting the authors’ moral and economic rights in the digital era

✪ Promoting the values of Literature, to transfer knowledge, independent opinions and cultural narratives not only to the next generations

✪ Defending the freedom of expression, to stand for the values of a democratic, pluralistic and diverse Europe