The French writers’ association Société des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) organised on 22 October a well-attended seminar in Paris on the “Europe of Books and Creation”. Olav Stokkmo, IFRRO’s CEO, participated in a roundtable discussion together with Maria Martin-Prat (Head of the European Commission’s Copyright Unit), Virginie Rozière (Member of the European Parliament) and Hervé Rony (CEO of SCAM, a member of IFRRO, and Vice President of the Conseil Permanent des Ecrivains). Other speakers included SGDL President Marie Sellier, Italian writer Erri de Luca, Director of the Federation of European Publishers Anne Bergman, Sofia President Alain Absire, academics, writers, and Libraries and rightholders associations’ representatives.
At the end of the seminar, an open letter signed by writers and addressed to the European authorities was presented to the participants. In the letter, the writers set out their vision of the review of copyright rules currently undertaken by the European Commission.