9 May 2019
Stronger Libraries for a Stronger Europe – Celebrating Europe Day 2019
IFLA has welcomed Europe Day 2019 as an opportunity to celebrate the importance of collaboration, and to look forward to the upcoming elections. Based on the Library Manifesto for Europe, a growing number of European and national parties are setting out how they plan to help libraries in the coming five years.
The European Union has set a global standard for cooperation between governments, in the interests of promoting prosperity and peace.
The values it promotes – of collaboration, sharing and discussion – are also those of libraries.
With responsibilities across a wide range of policy areas, it is also an increasingly key interlocutor for libraries.
Decisions about copyright, open access, research funding, heritage policies, education, skills and development are all have a direct impact on our work.
IFLA, alongside its partner organisations, has therefore engaged strongly in order to build up connections and promote our institutions and their values. We have seen important successes.
For the first time, we are also looking to shape the future of the European Union. Working with our partners, we have created a Library Manifesto for Europe, which highlights six areas in which decision-makers can help.
Today, we are publishing a first set of responses from European and national political parties, explaining what they plan to do for our institutions.
These set out actions in the fields of literacy, culture, heritage, open access, development and copyright. They are a promising sign that at both the national and European level, libraries will have many friends in the years to come.
IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner said:
The past five years have underlined how important the decisions taken by Members of the European Parliament are, and I am happy to see so many parties recognise the role of libraries now, as the elections approach. I look forward to working with them, throughout the next five years, to build stronger European libraries for a stronger Europe.
Read the first set of responses on our publications page.