THE RIGHTS THING
EUROPEAN WRITERS’ COUNCIL
European Writers’ Council
Doing the Rights thing since 1977
The European Writers’ Council (EWC) is the only federation speaking on behalf of the professional interests and needs of European writers in the text and book sector in all genres, and the European knowledge and best practices exchange platform for them to cooperate with each other. Our network is also international, and our members work in partnership with colleagues from different parts of the world, as the need arises.
The European Writers’ Council (EWC) is a non-profit non-governmental federation constituted by currently 46 national professional writers’ and literary translators’ associations and unions in 31 European countries, from European Union Member States, the EEA countries Iceland and Norway, as well as Belarus, Montenegro, Switzerland, and United Kingdom. EWC members comprise over 160.000 professional authors in the text/book sector, writing and publishing altogether in 31 languages.
Our mission comprises three main objectives/domains within the European context: Authors’ Rights, including Copyright
Culture Policy and Cultural Exchange
DOING THE RIGHTS THING implies an ample view of the issues affecting writers and translators:
- Authors’ Rights, Copyright, and other forms of economic rights and remuneration.
- Moral rights of authors and the defence of the ethical, political and intellectual identity of these professionals.
- The broad view of freedom of speech, religion and thought is a sublimation of these general rights for writers when it comes to the rights of citizens and people.
The EWC board is elected every two years and is composed of seven members maximum, within an inclusive diversity of gender, country of origin, etc.. The EWC President since 2019 ist the german novelist Nina George.