Advocacy and Lobbying for libraries in Europe
Since 1992, EBLIDA's main goal is to lobby for libraries in Europe.
EBLIDA lobbies to defend and promote the interests of the library, archive and information sectors and professionals in Europe, mainly following the policy agenda of the European Commission.
The lobbying efforts of EBLIDA operate in two ways:
- Influencing the European and International institutions and organisations;
- Providing support to national member organisations.
Influencing European Institutions and officials and achieving positive results is not a straightforward task. There are many possibilities for action, but often a combined effort is required to achieve a successful outcome. EBLIDA acts mainly through its Secretariat, headed by the Director, who is responsible for the management of relations with the European Institutions and international organisations.
As regards members, it is EBLIDA‘s commitment to encourage, inspire and support their national lobbying actions, providing the necessary alerts and background information when action is required towards a certain policy goal.
It is crucial for EBLIDA’s lobbying activities that statements and Position Papers in relation to a certain subject, are carefully prepared, issued and disseminated, in order to maintain and develop institutional and political relations.
In 2009, EBLIDA together with NAPLE proposed a Library policy for Europe (also known as the Vienna Declaration). A unified Europe, offering equal rights and opportunities for all its citizens, needs a common European library policy in order to ensure equal and unrestricted access to information, education and culture for all European citizens. At the joint conference of EBLIDA and the NAPLE Forum, held in Vienna in May 2009, it was agreed to strengthen the role and potential of the library service throughout Europe in supporting the European Knowledge Society. Accordingly EBLIDA is working with strategic partners on the basis of the Vienna Declaration to move towards a Library Policy for Europe.
Following that path, EBLIDA continued in 2012 with a position paper "European Libraries and the challenges of e-publishing" released during the joint conference EBLIDA and NAPLE forum held in Copenhagen (Denmark) in May 2012.
If you are interested in discovering more about this action, read more on the following page.
EBLIDA Delegation in Valletta, Malta, 22-24 February 201701 March 2017: Members of the EBLIDA EC met with MEPs Sant and Comodini Cachia and Maltese colleagues in the National Library of Malta from 22nd to 24th February 2017 Read more >
EBLIDA Newsletter February 201709 February 2017: Stay informed about Library & information news from, Brussels, Europe, EBLIDA and more. Read more >
EBLIDA briefing on the e-lending judgement of the CJEU19 January 2017: The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in November 2016 that library lending of electronic books (e-books) may, under certain conditions, be treated in the same way as the library lending of paper books. Read more >
Don’t Go Back on the Deal: No Barriers to Realising the Promise of the Marrakesh Treaty13 January 2017: Europe’s leaders shouldn’t let us down. IFLA, EIFL and EBLIDA urgently call on the Council. Read more >
EBLIDA Newsletter January 201712 January 2017: EBLIDA Newsletter published with the range of activities and interests, library & information society news from Europe, Brussels, EBLIDA.... and more. Read more >