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EBLIDA Director presenting the recommendation on the draft Guidelines on Library legislation and policy in Europe to the CDCPP committee of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg

24 November 2022



Giuseppe Vitiello, EBLIDA Director, Strasbourg, CDCPP session, 24 November 2022

Today, 24 November 2022, Giuseppe Vitiello, EBLIDA Director, presented the draft Recommendation on Library Legislation and Policy in Europe before CDCPP of the Council of Europe. CDCPP is the highest in rank technical body advising the Committee of Ministers in their political decisions.

The following and final step would be to present the Recommendation to the Council of Europe Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) at one of its meetings at the beginning of 2023 for any further comments, after which the Recommendation would be adopted by the Committee of Ministers.

Presentation of the draft Council of Europe / EBLIDA Recommendation on Library Legislation and Policy in Europe

“It is an important step undertaken by EBLIDA which shows the power of libraries and their resilience in the face of emergencies, such as the Covid crisis and the war in Ukraine. The recommendations now address fighting fake news and the role of libraries as democratic institutions ”, stated Ton van Vlimmeren, EBLIDA President.

“We hope to present the Recommendation at the EBLIDA Conference on 18th April 2023 in Luxembourg”. Giuseppe Vitiello, Director EBLIDA, is confident that “as was the case for the Guidelines in 2000, the Council of Europe Recommendation on Library Legislation and Policy in Europe will be highly influential and will continue to shape library activities for the next twenty years”.

Giuseppe Vitiello’s speech at the Council of Europe is available here.

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