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 Newsletter February 201808 February 2018: News from the President, Brussels, Europe, EBLIDA... and more. Read more >
How can the EU make a balanced copyright framework for the DSM?29 January 2018: On 23 January 2018, the EIF debate on Copyright in the EU Digital Single Market addressed the long overdue reform of EU copyright rules, a hotly debated topic within the European institutions. Read more >
Libraries: a trio of European court rulings16 January 2018: Three rulings in recent years of Europe’s top court impact significantly on digital library activities in Europe. Read more >
A better copyright exception for Education16 January 2018: EBLIDA together with 34 organisations, signed an open letter requesting to improve the education exception in the proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM Directive). Read more >
EBLIDA Newsletter January 201811 January 2018: Pleased to present the first edition of the EBLIDA Newsletter of 2018. Read more >