1. Introduction

Piazza San Marco, Venice

Season's greetings - wishing you all a good start and a healthy year 2022.
I hope that you and your colleagues and loved ones are well. Who would have thought at the beginning of 2021 that it would end very much like 2020? Many countries are in lockdown again and a new variant of the virus is threatening to prolong the pandemic.
Still, despite all the setbacks and problems that Corona has brought to us, there are some positive aspects as well. Personally, I am very grateful that in the EEPG we have been able to try out new meeting formats like the monthly informal meetings with presentations. Also, BELMA has had a significant push towards presenting the winners more prominently through video, and the BELMA event at the virtual bookfair went well. Once again, thank you to all participants. Please check out the BELMA website, as well as YouTube.
EEPG and BELMA are both well presented on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please follow eepg_group on Instagram.
We hope that at least some network meetings can be physical ones next year and we are certainly planning a meeting for decision makers in April in Barcelona. In the meantime, here is a brief overview of what happened during the last few months and a brief outlook on 2022.