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December 2018


  1. Introduction
  2. AGM in Frankfurt
  3. IPA meeting in Paris
  4. Content for education conference
  5. Useful documents and links

1. Introduction

This newsletter was going to be published in mid-November but then some events prevented me from finishing it. And by sending it now, I am able to include some more recent information. And now it becomes a Christmas/Chanukka newsletter or rather a New Year's newsletter. So, I hope you will all recognize your language. And I keep my fingers crossed that I haven't made too many mistakes! Please let me know if you spot any.


2. AGM in Frankfurt

The AGM in Frankfurt was attended by all but three members. This was one of the best attended meetings ever and there were some very fruitful discussions. There are some issues I want to clear with the board before putting up the minutes. I'll inform you when that is done after Christmas. But here are the main points in a nutshell:

  • Jurgita Nacevičienė from Sviesa, Lithuania and
  • Artur Dyro from Learnetic, Poland

were elected as new board members for 2019.

Unfortunately, Jurgita has since left Sviesa. For the time being Irmantas Svavas will take her place. A management board meeting is taking place on February 4th and we will discuss how to proceed. It is not quite clear from the By-Laws whether the position of board member is bound to a person or to a company. So, I went back to Preben Späth, and it is his opinion that it is the company not the person - and I agree. However, we will inform you after the board meeting. Preben, by the way, sends his regards to everybody who remembers him. He is very well and actively pursuing the task of writing a new book about the origin of language(s).

Other important take aways from the AGM:
  • Jiri Fraus initiated a discussion about the main goals of the EEPG, its fee structure and its future in general. The paper was distributed before the AGM and will be discussed at the board meeting in depth. Concrete suggestions will be published afterwards.
  • The application of Mladinska Knjiga was rejected with an overwhelming majority of 20 votes.
  • The budget for 2019 was accepted.
  • Possible network meetings were discussed: So far, the suggestions are
    • end of February / beginning of March in Ukraine (Kiev) on digital investment
    • 9th / 10th of May Network meeting for decision makers in Sofia. BUTplease note: This is also the date of the Book World in Prague, and Fraus Publishers are planning an event together with EEPG. The plan is to initiate a discussion about the status and quality of Czech textbooks and their comparison to the textbooks from other European countries. I have already talked to some of you about this and how best practice examples from other European publishers would be welcome. I will therefore write to all members in the first week of January and try to fix a new date for the network meeting for decision makers. This could be 13/14 or 17/18 of May.
    • We are still looking for ideas and a host and date for the third network meeting. This will be a discussion point at the MBM, but please come forward if you have any ideas.

The dinner after the AGM was a welcome opportunity to discuss important ed pub issues in an informal and relaxed atmoshere. We will certainly make this a tradition.

3. IPA meeting in Paris

An IPA meeting took place in Paris on December 6th and 7th. The minutes have not been published but here are some important points.

On 6th of December Anne Bergman informed the participants about the copyright situation in the European Parliament. Important for educational publishes are article 4, 16, 16a, 17 and 17a. Please read the press release of FEP concerning this topic.

FEP is planning an innovation day in September/October to give publishers the opportunity to engage positively with MEPs. Active participation from publishers is requested and I will keep you posted on this. But it is also very important that publishers engage with their MPs on a local / national level.

Marie-Christine Levet talked about digital developments in education and how the focus has shifted to he "4c school" characterized by Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical thinking. Her presentation will be made available as well as that of Liz Sproat (Google for Education). Liz, who was with Pearson before joining Google, gave a general talk in which she wanted to assure everyone that basically Google has no interest in distributing or selling content to schools. She pointed out that the technology partner program was interesting for educational publishers. (We heard that also in Dublin in September 2017).

A year ago an initiative was started called the "value of educational publishing campaign". First results were introduced and discussed. By mid 2019 (or just after the London Book fair) there will be video and power point material that publishers in Europe can use and customize for their markets.

Sylvie Forbin from WIPO introduced the WIPO Publishers Circle and Action Plan. Please check here. We think it might be an excellent idea if the EEPG signed this charter and became part of the initiative as it strengthens the right to publish.

The IPA/EPF regularly collects country reports and I am here enclosing reports from Belgium, Italy and the UK since those countries are not represented in EEPG.

4. Content for education conference

As I announced in the last newsletter, here is the report of this very important conference. It is vital to make the value of educational publishing visible in every possible way.

You might also look at this speech from a teacher (in French and translation) that will give you valuable arguments in your markets. It's just great to see that we have allies amongst teachers. This was also proven in Helsinki and Ljubljana when the headmasters (female) talked about their relationships and their collaboration with publishers.

This infographic can also prove useful. I've talked to the initiators and they are happy for you to use it.

5. Useful documents and links

Brian Carvell, who some of you remember when he was still with the EEPG working for Nelson Thornes, asked me to distribute this information about the latest project of the history department of the Council of Europe Education divison: a project that relates history teaching to democratic competence, entitled "Educating for Diversity and Democracy: teaching history in contemporary Europe". This project has resulted in the publication of a set of guidelines for history teaching which are downloadable from the Council of Europe's website.

Colin Hughes from Collins - whom I am trying to convince to become a member of the EEPG has shared this video. You might find this useful if you need arguments in your market about the importance of textbooks.

I also wanted to give you the link to the latest Eurydice publications, but this is a message I got several times today


While I am still wondering, what I have to do to fulfil the minimum requirements of the universe I wish you all a good start to 2019. As always, it is a pleasure to work for the EEPG and meet so many wonderful people.

Helga Holtkamp
Director EEPG

Berlin, December 13th, 2018

Wielandstr. 33, 10629 Berlin / Germany
Phone: +49 171 275 63 23
E-Mail: helga.holtkamp@eepg.org