European Writers’ Council (EWC)

The European Writers’ Council is the federation of 41 national organisations of professional writers and translators in 27 countries including the EU, as well as Belarus, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and Montenegro, altogether writing in 31 languages. The EWC defends the professional interests of its members in economic, legal and political contexts, their right to remuneration and compensation for their works, their relevance in cultural and social policy, freedom of expression, freedom of association, and the importance of lesser spoken and written languages.


  • EWC Survey “The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Writers and Translators in the European Book Sector” and 37 recommendations for a sustainable future on EU and national level.
  • European Writers and Translators call on all decision makers for an overall political commitment to culture and a system update of the book world. The EWC recommends 37 proposed measures to support authors, the diversity of literature and the book value chain during and after the Covid-19 crisis. Read more here.
  • Writers in the time of Corona. The DW books interviews. Read more here.
  • COVID-19 Impact on authors and the EU book sector. Read more here.
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