New EWC Board Press Release:
The new elected Board of the European Writers’ Council (EWC) sets its agenda: to strengthen the moral and economic rights of authors and keeping the diversity of literature alive, the most powerful and independent instrument of democracy.
Nina George, international bestselling author from Germany, has been elected as President of the EWC at its general assembly in Riga, Latvia. The Vice-President is Daniel Cristea-Enache (Romania), Director of Communications at the Writers’ Union of Romania and Associate Professor in the Department of Literary Studies at the University of Bucharest. The new elected board includes Poet Ružica Cindori, Secretary General of the Croatian Writers’ Association, Non-fiction-writer Markku Löytönen, Professor of human geography at the University of Helsinki (Finland), and Alena Makouskaya, Director of the Civil society organization “Homeland”, and member of the Secretariat of the Union of the Belarusian Writers.
The new EWC-Board sets its agenda on three major tasks:
--Protecting the authors’ moral and economic rights in the digital era
--Promoting the values of Literature, to transfer knowledge, independent opinions and cultural narratives not only to the next generations
--Defending the freedom of expression, to stand for the values of a democratic, pluralistic and diverse Europe
Integer societies need a diverse culture and protected authors’ rights
«The digital era is a challenge for protecting authors’ rights and empowering the voice of writers and translators in the level-playing field», says Nina George, President of the European Writers’ Council, on the upcoming challenges for the new EWC-board. «Digitization, biotechnology, AI and robotics have also changed the communication, the cultural consumption, the common views on legal issues like ownership and responsibility. The post-factual-era and politic-hacks have their impact on the upturn in the right-wing parties throughout the Union. In order to cope with these developments, which bring about technological, political, legal, ethical and economic upheavals, Europe needs visions and concepts for an inclusive and integer society. The EWC could be the ideal think-tank.»
Vice-President Daniel Cristea-Enache confirms the meaning of EWC: «The European Writers’ Council stands for a united Europe, for the ideal of diversity, for independent literature, as well as for a wide range of culture and art. EWC, a federation which brings together the individualists, also represents individualism within a pluralist community. As it is widely acknowledged, each writer creates a personal, unique fictional world. Therefore, let us share the large-scale literary system of meaning and value, of forms and significance. Above all, we will endeavour to support and defend the writers’ and translators’ rights.»
Defending the food chain of literature – not only in the European Union
«The ‘information food chain’ starting with those producing and providing – be it literature, articles, e-media, or something else – must be kept alive and flourishing», Finnish non-fiction writer Markku Löytönen points out clearly. «The starting point i.e. the author, is often the weakest element in this chain and should be protected through legislation and international agreements. If authors are left alone with no proper compensation, soon there will be no food chain to provide readers, teachers, students, or decision makers. If you think that facts and information are expensive, try ignorance!»
Poet Ružica Cindori from Croatia sees the upcoming chances also in collaboration: «The European Writers’ Council raises the public awareness on the importance of the respect for copyright and the problems within the book chain that affect not only writers but also publishers, booksellers, translators», she said. «It is my belief that these problems should be solved foremost at the European level and in European institutions. In this context the voice of the EWC is of crucial importance. It is also my opinion that we should extend our help to the writers from countries that are still not members of the EU with the aim of respecting their authors’ rights and increasing the creative freedoms. Together we are stronger!»
Creative freedoms are based also on freedom of expression
Alena Makouskaya, Director of the Civil society organization «Homeland» from Belarus, stresses the importance of freedom of expression: «The purposes which the European Writers’ Council pursues in its activity are very important to me, among which the most significant one is the protection of freedom of expression. There are still cultural organizations in Europe that are faced with censorship, limitations and violations of the rights of its members. It is especially actual for some countries of Eastern Europe. I hope that EWC maintains an active communication with democratic cultural organizations of this region as they are a very important component of the development of the region and its safety. I would like very much for the European Writers’ Council to increase its potential in this direction.»
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 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.
For more information visit the official EUPL website: 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 PDF: http://anniversary.euprizeliterature.eu/book/EUPLbookWeb_acc.pdf
Selection Process between 2009-2017
In the past nine editions, the winning authors were selected by qualified juries set up in each of the countries participating in the award. Jury members were appointed by national members of EWC, FEP and EIBF and were composed of a minimum of 3 and a maximum 5 members.
The emerging authors were chosen on the basis of criteria stipulated by the European Commission. Details on these criteria are available on the EUPL website.
The EUPL Writing Contest will be judged by both a professional jury and the public, who will each choose a winner. There will also be a special MEPs Prize, awarded by Members of the European Parliament, as well as a special mention for Cultural Heritage.
The winners of the four different categories will be announced at the Awards Ceremony taking place in Vienna in November 2018.
A professional jury, made up of distinguished experts from the field of literature, including literary critics, journalists, authors as well as booksellers, will be judging these submissions in the coming months and choose a winner in November 2018.
The members of the professional jury are Maria-João Costa (Portugal), Nina George (Germany), Juancho Pons (Spain), Cathy Rentzenbrink (United Kingdom), Liana Sakelliou (Greece) and Marnix Verplancke (Belgium). The detailed profiles of the jury members are available on the EUPL website.
The public will also be invited to have their say. All submissions received for the EUPL Writing Contest will be published in an online publication on the EUPL website, which will contain both original texts and English translations. People will be able cast a vote for their favourite short fiction directly on the EUPL website.
A jury consisting of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will be awarding a special prize to their favourite short fiction. This initiative is spearheaded by Ms Petra Kammerevert, Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education.
Special Mention for Cultural Heritage
As 2018 is the year of European Year of Cultural Heritage, the juries will be invited to give a special mention to the best short fiction in which European heritage plays a significant role.
You can find more information on the European Year of Cultural Heritage on the following website: https://europa.eu/cultural-heritage/
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).
Aldus is a project co-funded by the European Union under the Creative Europe programme; it will run from June 2016 to September 2019.
ALDUS – European Book Fairs’ Network
ALDUS is the European Book Fairs’ network, offering book professionals new opportunities to develop their careers internationally, building capacities and collaboration opportunities through dedicated events, professional content resources, networking and training activities.
ALDUS (named after Aldo Manuzio) is the European Book Fairs’ network, primary aimed at fostering transnational mobility of European literary works and book professionals.
Starting points are the presence in the network of the two leading B2B International book-fairs in the world (Frankfurt and Bologna), and the rich variety of national book fairs, open to the public (Rome, Vilnius, Riga, Lisbon and Bucharest book fairs). The former are already the place for professionals to meet at global level, the latter have a big potential to complement this by offering visibility to national book communities at a European level. The partnership will foster targeted mobility between professionals, through visits and joint events, including workshops, training initiatives and fellowship programmes.
Book-fairs are traditionally the main events for book professional to foster business opportunities (in particular exchanging translation rights), meet, share experiences and partnering for co-editions, or other initiatives. In this context, the dialogue between publishers is a prerequisite for translations, i.e., for mobility of literary works, which is the primary objective of the project and will be supported by dedicated networking and training activities.
In the digital era, Book-fairs are also experiencing change, transforming their format, through focusing on new ways to increase the editorial works mobility, capacity building and helping book professionals to seize the opportunities that digital technologies offer to establish new relations with readers. Aldus aims at experimenting with new event formats in these areas, more interactive and engaging. Supporting publishers to experiment new ways of using the fairs to engage with their audience is another project objective.
All information elaborated within ALDUS events and initiatives, including training material and in depth resources on the topics of the network (internationalisation, translations, literature promotion, digital innovation) will be made available to the publishing community through the Aldus knowledge hub, an online platform for content and knowledge sharing within the professional book community and for the development of professional and social relations.
Aldus is a project co-funded by the European Union under the Creative Europe programme; it will run from June 2016 to September 2019. The project is coordinated by AIE (Italian Publishers Association) and involves two leading international book fairs (Frankfurt and Bologna), national fairs (Rome, Vilnius, Riga, Lisbon and Bucharest book fairs) and the European umbrella organisations of authors (EWC – European Writers’ Council) and publishers (FEP – Federation of European Publishers). The network will be increasingly developed throughout the project to reach a pan-European level.
Project website: www.aldusnet.eu
AIE - Associazione Italiana Editori
Corso di Porta Romana 108, 20122 Milano, Italy
TEL: +39 02 89280800
FAX: +39 02 89280860
Start: 01-06-2016 - End: 01-10-2019 - Duration: 40 months
Project Reference: 570721-CREA-1-2016-1-IT-CULT-COOP2
ALDUS recent events:
-First Innovation Day
-The European BookFairs’ Network at the Frankfurt Book Fair, October 2016
"European Book Fairs. Facts and Figures", available for download here European Book Fairs Brochure
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