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

The European Writers’ Council (EWC) is the federation of 46 national organisations of professional writers and translators in 31 countries including the EU and EEA, as well as Belarus, Iceland, Norway, Montenegro, Switzerland, and United Kingdom, altogether writing in 31 languages.

The 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.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 conducts, together with the Norwegian Society of Authors, the A*dS – Authors and Translators Switzerland, and the Community of Belarusian Writers, the support project #FreeAllWords: www.freeallwords.org

The EWC was part of the consortium implementing the European Union Prize for Literature, in collaboration with the European Commission, from 2009-2021.

EWC Board 2021-2023: https://europeanwriterscouncil.eu/ewc-board/

EWC welcomes Norske Barne- og Ungdomsbokforfattere / NBU (Norwegian Writers for Children) as member again
“The power of the free word must never be under-estimated, and a close European collaboration between organizations of writers is a way to safeguard our basic rights and freedom of
European Writers’ Council (EWC) co-signed together with over 20 Organisations an Amicus Brief in Open Library Lawsuit against the Internet Archive
On Friday, August 12, 2022, the US-Authors Guild filed an amicus brief in Hachette v. Internet Archive, the lawsuit against Internet Archive’s unauthorised scanning and distribution of books through the
EWC welcomes Unia Literacka, the Literary Union from Poland as new member
“We hope that European Writers’ Council will be a platform for international cooperation and exchange of ideas, a place where we will be able to discuss similar problems and learn
EWC publishes its comprehensive survey on the status and impact of the implementation of the Directive (EU) 2019/790 on Copyright in the Digital Single Market
Well intentioned – but really well done? Member States have had every opportunity to decisively side with authors and thus to ensure the sustainability of the resource for education, literature
The EWC Annual General Assembly was succesfully held in Madrid. Two new EWC members were ratified, and the #FreeAllWords-support initiative presented.
With a Welcome Reception, a Concert Evening, the EWC Burning Issues Forum and a Press Conference, the EWC AGM 2022, co-sponsored by CEDRO and ACE, took place from 10 to
INVITATION 23 June 2022, Creators Conference on Copyright
We are pleased to announce that ECSA will co-organise an event with European Writers’ Council, FERA – Federation of European Screen Directors and Federation of Screenwriters in Europe on the