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January 2019


  1. Introduction
  2. IPA/EPF meeting in Paris
  3. BELMA soon to be opened
  4. Useful documents and links

1. Introduction

I hope you had a relaxing time over the holiday season and have returned back to work full of energy! This is just a short newsletter to wish you all a Happy New Year and give you a quick update! In the first week of February, the management board will meet in Warsaw to discuss the distribution of the budget and the activities for 2019. The board will also be discussing a possible change of the fee structure and activities to attract new members. If there are any points and topics that you think are important, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

BETT is approaching fast. I'll be there on Friday 25th of January and happy to meet for a chat or a cup of coffee.

Please note that the network meeting for decision makers will definitely take place on 9th and 10th of May in Sofia.

2. IPA meeting in Paris

An IPA meeting took place in Paris on December 6th and 7th. The minutes are now available here. These minutes also cover all the presentations and contain some interesting figures on investment in educational publishing from Marie Christine Levet (Educapital). Unfortunately, Marie Christine decided not to share her slides.

In my last newsletter, I also mentioned that Anne Bergman informed the participants about the copyright situation in the European Parliament and referred you to the press release of FEP concerning this topic. Anne's presentation is now available here.

And here is the presentation by Liz Sproat from Google. As with many presentations, these slides don't tell you everything you would like to learn, but there is a brief explanatory note in the minutes from the meeting as well.

3. BELMA soon to be opened

This year's BELMA competition will be opened on January 21st and a BELMA newsletter will be sent out shortly before. It seems that the popularity of BELMA is spreading and the competition is drawing in more interested publishers. We hope that we can negotiate better press coverage with the organizers of the fair. Please make sure you tell all your colleagues in editorial about the competition!

4. Useful documents and links

And here is the link to useful publications from Eurydice that I wasn't able to access in December. But you might be more interested in news from different countries, so check out this one.

Berlin, January 8th, 2019

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