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The Winners of EUPL Writing Contest “A European Story: EUPL Winners Write Europe”

36 previous EUPL winning authors from 26 different countries participated in the EUPL Writing Contest “A European Story: EUPL Winners Write Europe”. The winners in the different categories were announced at the Awards Ceremony in Vienna, Austria on 07/11/2018.
You can download the anthology here: http://anniversary.euprizeliterature.eu/
The event was organised in cooperation with the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and took place at the Belvedere Palace under the patronage of the European Parliament.

The awards in the different categories, Public Prize, Professional Prize, MEPs Prize and Special Mention for Cultural Heritage, were presented by Mr. Gernot Blümel, Austrian Federal Minister for the EU, Arts, Culture and Media and Mr. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, in the presence of distinguished guests from the fields of literature, culture and politics.

Readers across Europe selected “Jasmine and death” by Jelena Lengold from Serbia as the winner of the public prize. This work of short fiction, which deals with a very timely topic in today’s society, resonated with many readers not only from the author’s home country, but from across Europe.

A professional jury comprised of Maria-João Costa (Portugal), Nina George (Germany), Juancho Pons (Spain), Cathy Rentzenbrink (UK) and Marnix Verplancke (Belgium), led by Jury President Liana Sakelliou (Greece), selected the work of short fiction “A Voice” by Ioana Pârvulescu from Romania, for its excellence.

The jury's short-list
In addition to Ioana Pârvulescu’s “A Voice”, the jury’s complete shortlist features “This is my body” by Isabelle Wéry (Belgium), “A European Story” by Meelis Friedenthal (Estonia), “Jasmine and death” by Jelena Lengold (Serbia), “Greatness Will Have its Due” by Andrej Nikolaidis (Montenegro), and “The Saviour of the World” by Adam Foulds (United Kingdom).

Moreover, the professional jury was also in charge of awarding the special mention for cultural heritage. Lidija Dimkovska from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia received this special mention for her work of short fiction “When I left Karl Kniebknecht”.

Lastly, Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education, spearheaded by Committee Chair MEP Petra Kammerevert, were also invited to select their favourite work of short fiction. Two outstanding authors from Luxembourg, Jean Back with his work of short fiction “European Clouds”, and Gast Groeber with “Current weather warning: predominantly heavy fog”, are sharing this honour.

For photos of the ceremony and more information:  http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/awards-ceremony/2018

 

PUBLIC LENDING RIGHT Seminar for Writers held successfully in TALLINN, 22-24 October 2018

Sponsored by the Norwegian Non-fiction Writers and Translators Association – NFFO, this event was coordinated by the European Writers’ Council (EWC), hosted by the Estonian Writers’ Union, and co-sponsored by Sanasto – the Finnish Literary Copyright Society.

The regional focus was on the Baltic and Eastern-European countries. The Seminar had 24 participants, all representatives of national writers’ associations, and a few experts from collective management organisations in charge of the distribution of PLR funds for authors, who provided a report on PLR implementation in their country, covering 15 countries:
Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and United Kingdom. 

The previous events in this series were held in Zagreb (2016), and Lisbon (2017).

The European Union Prize for Literature: 10th Anniversary Edition

Since its creation in 2009, the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) aims to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and to encourage greater interest in non-national literary works.

In the course of the past nine editions, the works of the 108 selected winners have been able to reach a wider and international audience and touched readers beyond both national and linguistic borders.

The Prize, which is co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, aims to achieve three main goals: to promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector; to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output; and to foster intercultural dialogue.

The EUPL is organised by a Consortium comprised of the European Writers’ Council (EWC), the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) with support of the European Commission.
http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/

10th anniversary edition

In 2018 the European Union Prize for Literature is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To mark this special occasion a virtual and physical journey through the literary Europe and special a writing contest, exclusively open to all previous EUPL winners, has  been organised.

The EUPL Writing Contest “A European Story: EUPL Winners Write Europe” is a unique short fiction competition that celebrates Europe, literature and – above all – 10 years of the European Union Prize for Literature.

36 EUPL winning authors from a total of 26 different countries have submitted fascinating European stories with a unique perspective. These stories, written in 23 different languages, are compiled in a special publication along with translations into English.  

To download the collection: http://anniversary.euprizeliterature.eu/book/EUPLbookWeb_acc.pdf

Authors urge MEPs to find a common ground and adopt the Copyright Directive without further delay

Author’s Group statement on the Copyright Directive

On 5 July, the European Parliament decided to postpone the adoption of its position on the Copyright Directive.
As representatives of over half a million writers, literary translators, composers, journalists, film directors, screenwriters and songwriters in Europe, we acknowledge and respect this decision.
However, we regret that it effectively delays the adoption of the Copyright Directive, which features essential provisions to rebalance the systemic weak bargaining situation of authors, whose creativity is at the very origin of the copyright value chain, in negotiating their contracts. We now call on all Members of European Parliament to measure the significance of this Directive and to find a common line to ensure that the Directive is finally adopted.

Chapter 3 "Fair remuneration in contracts of authors and performers", as adopted by the JURI committee on June 20th, is a result of balanced compromises supported by an overwhelming, non-partisan majority in the Legal Affairs committee. It secures critical improvements of the situation of creators throughout Europe, and therefore should not be reopened nor amended.
In our view, it is crucial that the European Parliament adopts the Copyright Directive as soon as possible so that it can soon bring concrete benefits to authors across the European Union.
Throwing the Directive away by postponing its adoption would be a failure to deliver any concrete improvement to the situation of European authors and be an appalling missed opportunity to strengthen the creative community and Europe's cultural wealth in the digital era.

 

The Authors’ Group

 

The Authors’ Group is composed of:
ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance)

EFJ (European Federation of Journalists)
EWC (European Writers' Council)
FERA (Federation of European Film Directors)
FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe)

 

The European Authors’ Group welcomes MEPs’ support for authors

20 June 2018, Brussels –

European organisations representing authors have welcomed the strong support from Members of the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee for a fair and proportionate remuneration for authors, and call upon all Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to support the Legal Affairs Committee mandate.

Today, the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) adopted its position on a Proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market.

JURI MEPs backed by an overwhelming majority our European authors’ call for strong authors’ rights by strengthening the “transparency triangle” (Articles -14a to 16a), ensuring regular reporting by publishers, broadcasters and producers on the exploitation that is made of creative works, thus reinforcing the contractual position of authors in Europe.

The Authors’ Group said:
“We thank all JURI MEPs that have made this success possible, and encourage all MEPs to support the Legal Affairs Committee mandate. We also call on Member States and the European Commission to follow the leadership of the European Parliament and show a similar support for improving the remuneration of authors. The Copyright Directive represents a once in a decade opportunity to establish a general principle of proportionate remuneration for authors and rebalance their contractual position in Europe and we cannot miss this chance.”

The Authors’ Group, represents more than half a million writers, composers, journalists, film directors, screenwriters and songwriters in Europe.
The Authors’ Group is composed of: ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance) EFJ (European Federation of Journalists) EWC (European Writers’ Council) FERA (Federation of European Film Directors) FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe).

EWC, FEP and IFRRO organise a Seminar on the Copyright Reform at the European Parliament

Over 80 attendees took part in a Seminar on the Copyright Reform organised by EWC, FEP and IFRRO on 2 February at the European Parliament. The event was co-hosted by MEP Therese Comodini-Cachia and MEP Jean-Marie Cavada, rapporteur and shadow rapporteur respectively for the proposal for a Directive on copyright.

When delivering his welcome speech, MEP Cavada highlighted that the technological revolution has led to a new digital era that lives too often at the expense of creativity. He added that there was a need to better protect the use of creative works, which embody the human spirit, and to not only leave it to those who provide the “pipes” connecting content with users to make profit out of it. The introduction remarks on the proposed directive on copyright were delivered by Mr Marco Giorello, Deputy Head of the Copyright Unit at the European Commission.

There were two round tables, showing how solutions to giving easy access to works are being enabled by Reproduction Rights Organisations (RROs) for education and the making available and digitisation of cultural heritage. Two examples of successful library digitisation projects were presented by representatives of the German National Library and the Norwegian National library, that have reached licensing agreements with VG Wort and Kopinor and run extensive digitisation projects. On education licensing, the perspectives from the authors, publishers and RROs were presented, with experiences from France, the United Kingdom, and from Finland by former EWC President, professor Pirjo Hiidenmaa,

In her closing remarks, MEP Therese Comodini-Cachia underlined that over the last months stakeholders have expressed their positions on the copyright reform and these have often proven to be quite polarised. She concluded that it was now up to the legislators to find a balanced approach, and she welcomed stakeholders who have come forward with solutions, while adding that she saw no reason why copyright should not work in the digital world as it does in the analogue.
Source: IFRRO News Volume 19 Number 01 – February 2017

The Authors’ Group Welcomes the EU Directive Proposal on Copyright

ECSA, EFJ, EWC, FERA and FSE Press Release 14/09/2016

The European Commission presented on 14 September its proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. The Authors’ Group* – representing more than 500 000 authors, including writers, literary translators, composers, songwriters, journalists, photographers, film/TV directors and screenwriters in Europe – welcomes the directive, in particular the proposal to address the key issue of creators’ weak bargaining position in their contractual relationships and fair remuneration in contracts.

The Authors’ Group supports the European Commission’s commitment to address problems related to the forced transfer of rights of authors to publishers, producers and broadcasters. Achieving a well-functioning market-place for copyright must start with establishing a system that allows fair contractual practices for authors and performers, who are affected by a weak bargaining position when assigning their rights to publishers, producers and broadcasters.

The introduction of a mandatory reporting obligation detailing the revenues generated and remuneration due will create more transparency and is a prerequisite for authors and performers to adjust unfair contractual agreements. These new provisions will constitute, together with a dispute resolution mechanism, an indispensable first step in order to create more sustainable conditions for Europe’s creators, who are the origin of Europe’s cultural and creative industries. However, authors need further mechanisms against unfair copyright contracts and the undersigning organizations are looking forward to working with the European Parliament and Council in this respect.

The Authors’ Group also welcomes the provisions of the directive clarifying the liability of online platforms but considers that substantial work remains to be done with regards to proportionate remuneration of authors, particularly for the online exploitation of their works.
The Members of the Authors’ Group are ECSA (European Composer & Songwriter Alliance), EFJ (European Federation of Journalists), EWC (European Writers’ Council), FERA (Federation of Film Directors in Europe) and FSE (Federation of Screenwriters Europe).

European Commission issues proposals for two EU Directives and two EU Regulations to adapt the EU Copyright Rules

14/09/2016
 The European Commission has proposed two directives and two regulations to adapt the EU copyright rules to the realities of the Digital Single Market:
—Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market - COM(2016)593
—Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes - COM(2016)594

The Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market is available on the EC website:
https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/proposal-directive-european-parliament-and-council-copyright-digital-single-market

Related Documents:
Impact Assessment Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3
Impact assessment – Executive Summary

The regulation and related documents are available here:
https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/proposal-regulation-laying-down-rules-exercise-copyright-and-related-rights-applicable-certain

The Marrakesh treaty for people with print disabilities will be implemented in EU law via a Directive and a Regulation:

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain permitted uses of works and other subject-matter protected by copyright and related rights for the benefit of persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled and amending Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society - COM(2016)596
https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/proposal-directive-permitted-uses-works-and-other-subject-matter-protected-copyright-and

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the cross-border exchange between the Union and third countries of accessible format copies of certain works and other subject-matter protected by copyright and related rights for the benefit of persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled - COM(2016)595
https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/proposed-regulation-cross-border-exchange-between-union-and-third-countries-accessible-format

 The proposals will be discussed by the European Parliament and the European Council in the next stages of the EU legislative process.