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BWC | Baltic Writers’ Council

Baltic Writers’ Council

The Baltic Writers’ Council represents 21 literary organizations, 12 countries and approximately 17.000 members around the Baltic region and beyond.
The Council which was founded during the legendary authors´cruise in 1992 is a multinational, non-profit, non-governmental organisation which promotes the freedom of expression, democracy and the free flow of ideas and information between the writers’ and translators’ organisations.



CEATL is an international non-profit association (AISBL) under Belgian law, officially created in 1993 as a platform where literary translators’ associations from different European countries could exchange views and information, and join forces to improve status and working conditions of literary translators.

Set up by 10 founder members, CEATL now has about 35 member associations from 30 countries across Europe, representing some 10,000 individual authors. In recent years several associations from former Eastern Europe have joined CEATL, as has the Turkish association Çevbir, and CEATL will continue to encourage associations in the new EU member states and in EU neighbouring countries to become members.


CCFG – Cultural Creators Friendship Group

The Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG) is a cross-partisan and supranational coalition in the European Parliament (EP), consisting of currently 27 members from 6 different political groups and 14 different countries. We aim at improving the whole European cultural ecosystem with a focus on the Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCS) – and especially on the situation and conditions of creators of cultural works, e.g. authors, performers and artists.

CW! | Creativity Works


Creativity Works stands for imagination, innovation, freedom of expression and cultural diversity. Europe thrives on these values. Creativity is a vital component of future recovery and growth across the European Union. Artists, their business partners and the creative process itself are at the centre of everything we do.



IFRRO, the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations, is the main international network of collective management organisations and creators’ and publishers’ associations in the text and image spheres. We work to protect and enable easy legal access to copyright material.


PLR International

Public Lending Right (PLR) is the right of authors and other rightsholders to receive payment for the free public use of their works in libraries. PLR has been in existence since the 1940s. The first country to establish a PLR system was Denmark in 1946, followed by Norway in 1947 and Sweden in 1954.
In every PLR country the use of authors’ works in public libraries forms the bedrock of the system. Additionally, other types of library, such as school and university libraries, may be included. PLR International (PLRI) brings together countries with PLR systems to facilitate the exchange of best practice. It also provides advice and technical assistance to countries looking to set up PLR systems for the first time.


WIPO International

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation. We are a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 192 member states.
Our mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Our mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.