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EIBF APPLAUDS TRADE UNIONS FOR RALLYING LEADING ADVOCATES AT THE AMAZON SYMPOSIUM

Brussels, 3rd December 2019

On Monday, 2nd December 2019, the European & International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) was delighted to participate in the first-ever “Symposium on Amazon’s unchecked power”. Hosted by UNI Global Union and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the event gathered EU policy-makers, experts and regulators, union leaders, small business representatives and NGOs in Brussels.

At the full-day symposium, a series of panels laid bare the grave consequences of Amazon’s business model and practices for the economies and societies where it is active, particularly by engaging in systematic tax avoidance, compounding the climate crisis and undermining labour rights as well as privacy and digital rights.

During a panel centred around the topic of “Amazon’s monopoly power: threats to a fair marketplace”, booksellers were represented by Meryl Halls, Managing Director of the Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland (BA) and EIBF Executive Committee member. Halls summarised the event as follows:

“It was inspiring and energising to take part in the Amazon Symposium in Brussels on 2nd December, with EIBF Director, Julie Belgrado.  We gathered with global group of those interested in the ‘unchecked power of Amazon’, from unions keen to re-establish workers’ rights, to competition specialists, from social justice campaigners to climate justice activists, and we were very proud to represent bookselling in this group.  We outlined the impact of Amazon on bookselling in the UK and across Europe and we were resolute in laying out the colossal impact Amazon has had on the bookselling sector, with its unfair competitive advantages in many tax jurisdictions, its widescale tax avoidance activities and its monopolistic and anti-competitive behaviour – at the same time as flying the flag for the incredible work booksellers across the world are doing to counter the impact of Amazon.  We need concrete global action to alleviate the impact of the monopolistic behaviour and look forward to working with partners to make this happen, in the UK and in the European Union.”

The timing of this event is critical, coinciding with the first formal day in office for the recently confirmed European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen. EIBF will constructively engage with the EU institutions to ensure that fair competition ranks highly on the EU agenda, and lend its full support to policy responses which seek to put a check on Amazon’s monopolistic behaviour in Europe and further afield.

About EIBF: The European and International Booksellers Federation represents national booksellers associations in the European Union and beyond. EIBF Members in turn have in membership booksellers of all kinds: brick and mortar bookshops, online bookshops, independents, chains.

For further information, please contact:
EIBF Director Julie Belgrado (julie.belgrado@europeanbooksellers.eu or +32 494 67 95 07)

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EIBF WELCOMES THE CONFIRMATION OF THE NEW COMMISSION

Brussels 27th November 2019

The European & International Booksellers Federation – EIBF – warmly welcomes the outcome of yesterday’s vote at the European Parliament, confirming the von der Leyen Commission. We wish to congratulate President von der Leyen and the entire college of Commissioners for this success and wish them a fruitful and productive 5-year term.

The European & International Booksellers Federation represents national booksellers associations in the European Union and beyond. Through its member associations, EIBF speaks on behalf of more than 25,000 individual bookshops, whose role in society is essential as places of culture and in supporting learning and literacy.

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EIBF Annual Conference, 09.30-12.30, Thursday 17.10.19

Frankfurt Book Fair, Tulip Lounge, Hall 5.1

The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) once again invites you to meet with key stakeholders in the bookselling industry. At this year’s fourth edition, the EIBF conference will provide a space for sharing innovative experiences and best practices which one can bring home and apply in one’s own country/shop. Bookseller or trade association? Do not wait to join this very unique conference, where you will have an exclusive opportunity to discuss business trends and developments.

Attendance is free, however upon registration only

Click here to register and fill in the online form

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Khaled Lutfi awarded with the IPA Prix Voltaire 2019

Khaled Lutfi, imprisoned Egyptian bookseller and publisher, was announced last week as being the recipient of the International Publishers Association (IPA) 2019 Prix Voltaire, which supports defenders of freedom to publish.

EIBF wishes to join the IPA in its support for Khaled Lutfi and its call on President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to grant Khaled Lutfi a presidential pardon.

EIBF firmly supports freedom of expression, as this is the backbone of the publishing and bookselling industries.

Read the full IPA press release here

More on Khaled Lutfi

On February 4th, according to reports, Khalid Lutfi, founder of Cairo’s Tanmia Bookshop and Publishing, was sentenced to five years on charges of divulging military secrets and spreading rumours for having distributed an Arabic translation of the book The Angel: The Egyptian Spy who Saved Israel by Uri Bar-Joseph. The case started when Lutfi signed an agreement with Arab Scientific Publishers to publish an Egyptian edition of the book.

Tanmia Bookshop opened in 2011 and later spawned a highly respected publishing house. The publishing house ran Arabic translations of a number of acclaimed authors: in 2016 Lutfi told Ursula Lindsey of The Arabist that two of his most popular titles were by George Orwell and Stephen Hawking. Tanmia also published original works in Arabic, including a children’s book version of Mahmoud Darwish’s poem ‘Think of Others’, which won an Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature.

EIBF NEWSFLASH 160 – 7 MARCH 2019

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  • EIBF AGM – 13th MARCH – PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
  • EIBF DINNER – 13th MARCH
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Creative and innovative solutions by bookshops and booksellers associations – EIBF Conference, 09.30-12.30, Thursday 11.10.18

Frankfurt Book Fair, Tulip Lounge, Hall 5.1

For the third year in a row, the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) invites you to meet with key stakeholders in the bookselling industry. Shortened this year to a half-day event, the EIBF conference aims at sharing innovative experiences and examples of best practices which one can bring home and apply in one’s own country/shop. Bookseller or trade association? Do not wait to join this very unique conference, where you will have an exclusive opportunity to discuss business trends and developments.

Attendance is free, however upon registration only

Download the provisional programme here

Click here to register and fill in the online form