The Federation of European Publishers welcomes Ukraine as a special guest

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As the Federation of European Publishers reaches out to Ukrainian publishers, the Council of European Writers is stepping up its appeal.

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By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson

“Support them as much as possible”

In the 12th day of Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war against Ukraine (March 7), we have news from the Federation of European Publishers who have contacted Ukrainian publishers with an invitation to be a “special guest” of the federation. This, as concern in many parts of the global book publishing industry intensifies over what many analysts are now calling Putin’s war crimes – and the plight of Ukraine’s book publishing industry. book, which of course stopped.

Image: Federation of European Publishers

“From the first days of the conflict,” reads the federation’s press release on Friday March 4, “the Federation of European Publishers has expressed its condemnation of the Russian war against one of our European neighbours: Ukraine.

“Today the president of the federation, Peter Kraus vom Cleff, wrote to Oleksandr Afonin, president of the Ukrainian Association of Publishers and Booksellers, inviting the Ukrainian association to be the special guest of the EPF. Ukrainian publishers are European publishers and the FEP wants to show its solidarity with its colleagues in Ukraine.

Peter Kraus vom Cleff

In an accompanying quote, Kraus vom Cleff states: “This attack is a war against Ukraine and it is a war against Europe.

Even though it may not seem like much, he says, “when we see the bombs killing brave Ukrainians, European publishers want to support their colleagues by inviting them to be the special guest of our common federation.

“The Federation of European Publishers will liaise with the Ukrainian Association of Publishers and Booksellers to support them as much as possible with concrete actions”, and will invite Ukrainian publishers to its next meetings.

This follows the federation’s original statement, released on February 24, which was part of our initial coverage of the international industry’s reactions to the violence.

(You can access all Publishing Perspectives’ coverage of Putin’s war on Ukraine and its impact and effect on the publishing industry and book people here.)

Ricardo Franco Levi l

As you will remember, Ricardo Franco Levi is Vice-President of the Federation of European Publishers as well as President of the Association of Italian Publishers (Association Italiana EditoriOUCH).

In a statement of support for Kraus vom Cleff’s announcement and the federation’s gesture of welcome to Ukrainian publishers, Levi’s offices issued a statement, reading: “The Association of Italian Publishers supports the federation’s decision to open its doors as a special guest at the Association of Ukrainian Publishers and Booksellers. EPF President Peter Kraus vom Cleff wrote to his colleague and president of the Ukrainian association, Oleksandr Afonin, communicating the decision to him and expressing his solidarity with his colleagues.

“AIE,” said Levi, “who has expressed support for the Ukrainian people and their publishers since day one of the invasion, is taking an active interest in the proposal to open the doors to Ukrainian publishers.

“With this decision”, says Levi, “we want to give concrete support to our colleagues, but also to underline how the invasion of Ukraine is an issue that challenges and affects all Europeans”.

Image: Council of European Writers

The Council of European Writers was one of the first publishing-related organizations to condemn Russia’s aggression, which shows only signs of worsening.

Nina Georges

Today, the 30-country, 32-language, 160,000-member organization led by its president, Nina George of the Writers’ Union of Germany, released a report from 48 presidents and chairs of various national bodies, regional and industrial. associations working in his distant sphere.

The statement is timely for Ukrainian colleagues, some of whom are finding it increasingly difficult to communicate as Putin’s forces step up their assault.

As CNN’s Matthew Chance reports for New day this morning, Russian military action in the town of Bilo Tserkva reflects an apparent attempt by the Kremlin to increase its forces south of Kiev as it encircles the capital. Live updates from BBC News point out that a recently announced Russian plan for a temporary ceasefire in Ukraine allowing civilians access to certain humanitarian corridors has been criticized, with the UK calling it “cynical beyond belief” and the Ukraine calling it “immoral” – this after the Russians broke ceasefire agreements and attacked civilian escape routes.

The morning one Associated Press Summary sees 1.7 million Ukrainians become refugees as 20,000 people from 52 countries outside Ukraine reportedly volunteer to fight the Russian onslaught.

At the Writers Council, the effort is an elaboration of his earlier statement, this time surfacing each of the organizations that support his condemnation of the attack. The operational position: “We condemn Putin’s crimes against democracy and humanity. Our solidarity goes to our Ukrainian colleagues and to the Ukrainian people. »

The following is a list of the principal leaders of 48 European organizations of international writers and translators, together representing some 150,000 people from 25 nations.

  • Sophie Aslanides, President of the ATLF – Association of Literary Translators of France, France
  • Ana Badurina, President, Association of Croatian Literary Translators DHKP, Croatia
  • Vanessa Bertran, President, UPAD – Professional Union of Dubbing Authors, France
  • Jitka Bret Srbová, President, Association of Czech Writers, Czech Republic
  • Nicolas Couchepin, President of the association of Swiss writers and translators A*dS Authors and authors of Switzerland
  • Jacek Dehnel, President, Unia Literacka, Literary Union, Poland
  • Kevin Doyle, President, The Irish Writers’ Union, Republic of Ireland
  • Lena Falkenhagen, President, Verband deutscher Schriftstellerinnen und Schriftsteller / Association of German Writers, Germany
  • Dr George Farrugia, President of the Academy of Maltese (Akkademja tal-Malti), Malta
  • Zoran Ferić, President, Society of Croatian Writers, Croatia
  • Bogdan Ghiu, President, Romanian Association of Literary Translators, Romania
  • Anne Sofie Hammer, Vice President, Danish Authors’ Society
  • Eystein Hanssen, President, Norwegian Society of Authors – Forfatterforbundet, Norway
  • Christophe Hardy, President, The Society of Men of Letters, France
  • Joanne Harris, Chair of the Management Committee, The Society of Authors, UK
  • Marieke Heimburger, President, Verband deutschsprachiger Übersetzer/innen literarischer und wissenschaftlicher Werke e. V. / Association of German Literary Translators
  • Sirpa Kähkönen, President, Union of Finnish Writers, Finland
  • Tobias Kiwitt, President, Union of Young Authors, Germany
  • Per Kornhall, President, Swedish Association of Educational Writers, Sweden
  • Jens J. Kramer, President, The German Language Crime Writers – Syndikat, Germany-Austria-Switzerland
  • Zlatko Krilić, President, Organization of Croatian Writers, Croatia
  • Heidi Marie Kriznik, President, Union of Norwegian Authors, Norway
  • José Jorge Letria, Chairman of the Board and General Manager, Portuguese Society of Authors, Portugal
  • Nicolae Manolescu – President, Writers’ Union of Romania
  • Dušan Merc, President of the Association of Slovenian Writers, Slovenia
  • Bel Olid, President, AELC (Associació d’escriptors en llengua catalana)
  • Tanja Petrič, President, Društvo slovenskih književnih prevajalcev (Slovenian Association of Literary Translators) (DSKP) Slovenia
  • Nicole Pfister Fetz, General Secretary of the Swiss Association of Writers and Translators A*dS Authors and Authors from Switzerland
  • Barbara Pogačnik, ZAMP – Society of Slovenian Authors and Rights Holders, Slovenia
  • Vesselina Rayjekova, President, Union of Bulgarian Translators, Bulgaria
  • Manuel Rico Rego, President, Association of Spanish Writers – Asociación Colegial de Escritores de España, Spain
  • Grethe Rottböll, President, Sveriges Författarförbund, Union of Swedish Writers, Sweden
  • Hannele Mikaela Taivassalo, President of the Society of Swedish Authors in Finland
  • Marion Tauschwitz, President, Society of Women Writers, Germany
  • Timo Tossavainen, President, Association of Finnish Non-Fiction Writers, Finland
  • Tanja Tuma, President, Slovenian PEN, Slovenia
  • Karl Ágúst Úlfsson, President of the Writers’ Union of Iceland (Rithöfundasamband Íslands)
  • Arne Vestbø, Secretary General, Norwegian Association of Non-Fiction Writers and Translators, Norway
  • Eva Valvo, President, Strade – Union of Italian Literary Translators, Italy
  • Maria Vlaar, President, Auteursbond / Association of Dutch Authors, The Netherlands

And of potential significance in the international political effort to stop Putin, the FinancialTimes, at the time of this publication, reports that the German government has rejected a proposed embargo on Russian oil imports, with Chancellor Scholz saying he prefers measures against Putin that are “long-term sustainable.” Erika Solomon in Berlin this new report in the FT’s ongoing updates.


Find all our coverage of Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine and its impact on the country’s publishing industry and players.

To learn more about Publishing Perspectives on the Ukrainian Market, click here. To learn more about freedom to publish and freedom of expression, click here. To find out more about the Federation of European Publishers, click here, to find out more about the Council of European Writers, click here hereand more on the Italian market and AIE’s work is here.

To learn more about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and its impact on international book publishing, click here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident member of Trends Research & Advisory, and was named International Business Journalist of the Year at the London Book Fair‘s International Excellence Awards. He is editor of Publishing Perspectives. He was previously associate editor of The FutureBook at The Bookseller in London. Anderson was a senior producer and anchor for CNN.com, CNN International and CNN USA for more than a decade. As an art critic (National Critics Institute), he has collaborated with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which is now owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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