RE:START CONVERSATIONS 2 Beyond the crisis: Recovery, resilience and sustainability of the book sector – 16 June 10.00 CEST – ONLINE

EWC

Posted on June 08, 2021, 6:00 pm
5 mins

IFRRO, together with EVA, EWC and FEP, invite you to our second Re:start Conversations event. EWC Vice President Maïa Bensimon will discuss the needs for authors in the educational field for a sustainable future.

Authors, publishers and collective management organisations in the text and image sectors will discuss, together with representatives from the EU Institutions, the importance of investing in a high-quality digital education ecosystem and how the needs of a democratic society can be met, as well as those of writers, illustrators and publishers in the education sector.

Education is the key to democracy, opinion-forming, freedom and social values. The Covid-19 crisis in particular has shown that digital access to teaching and education materials must also be possible. Authors, illustrators and publishers have for years provided innovative learning materials, including in digital format, that can be licensed for educational purposes. In addition, collective management organisations have developed complementary licences.

The interplay between licensing, budgeting and accessibility is key to a sustainable policy approach that preserves the value of quality, independent educational materials. Licensing, including collective licensing, has a crucial role to play in ensuring a sustainable, educational ecosystem that enables publishers and authors to freely conduct independent and fact-based research, resulting in high professional standards.

Welcome

  • Yngve Slettholm, IFRRO President

Opening speeches

  • Victor Negrescu MEP, Vice-Chair Committee on Culture and Education, European Parliament
  • Georgi Dimitrov, Head of Unit “Digital Education” (acting), DG Education and Culture, European Commission

Discussion panel:

How the needs of a democratic society can be met, as well as those of writers, illustrators and publishers in the education sector

The panel will discuss what goes into producing innovative, high-quality, independent educational materials; what authors, publishers, visual artists and collective management organisations have learnt from the Covid-19 crisis; and how the needs of a democratic society can be met, as well as those of writers, illustrators and publishers in the education sector.

Chair: Yngve Slettholm, IFRRO President

  • Maïa Bensimon,Vice President of the European Writers’ Council and General Counsel of Société des Gens de Lettres (SGDL), France
  • Raffaele Grandi, CEO of Edi.Ermes S.r.l, Italy
  • Kate Mayne, artist and curator (UK/Belgium)
  • Anders Kristian Rasch, CEO Copydan Writing, Denmark

Closing comments

  • Dr. Igor Pesek, representing the upcoming Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU

To register please click here.

For any queries, please contact veraliah.bueno@ifrro.org

 

 

Summary of the first Re:Start Conversations event on 17 March 2021 with EWC President Nina George

The covid-19 pandemic has impacted all parts of society and everyone’s private and business life. The cultural and creative sectors have been some of the worst hit – and have had to quickly come up with new approaches, creative alternatives and short and long-term solutions. The book and image sectors have proven to be particularly hard hit.

IFRRO, together with EVA, EWC and FEP, invite you to the first in a series of online conversations, at which authors, publishers and collective management organisations in the text and image sectors will discuss, together with representatives from the EU Institutions:

  • the impact of the covid crisis on the book and image sectors;
  • the ‘best practice’ initiatives from European countries that have successfully allowed both users (individuals and licensees) to access text and image works and authors and rightholders to be remunerated;
  • recommendations to ensure the recovery, resilience and sustainability of the book and image sector – and to be ready for a Re:Start

Welcome:
Yngve Slettholm, IFRRO President
Opening speeches:
Sabine Verheyen, Member of the European Parliament, Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Education
Barbara GesslerEuropean Commission > Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture > Deputy Director-General, in charge of Directorates C and D > Culture, Creativity and Sport > Creative Europe (EAC.D.2), European Commission

Discussion panel

Covid-19: recovery, resilience and sustainability of the book sector

Chair: Yngve Slettholm, IFRRO President
Nina George, Novelist, President of the European Writers’ Council
Ángel L. González, Team Leader, “Technology and Special Projects Business Development”, Pearson Spain and Portugal
Carola Streul, Secretary-General of EVA (European Visual Artists)
George Andrew Zannos, Managing Director, OSDEL (Greek Collecting Society for Literary Works)  

Closing comments: Rita Brasil de Brito, Representative of the Portuguese Presidency of the EU – Chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee

Read the full summary here & here.