Conference to mark the first Day of European Authors

The Day of European Authors is a new initiative of the European Commission, which was launched on 27 March 2023 and will fall on the last Monday of March every year thereafter. Its aim is to promote reading, particularly among young people. On this occasion, a one-day conference on the promotion of reading was held in Sofia.

The event brought together representatives from the Ministries of Culture and Education of the Member States, public institutions and national NGOs, as well as organisations representing books and cultural sectors at European level. The event was attended by Gabriela Dul, coordinator of the Book Institute's Bookstart projects as part of the 'Small Book – Great Man' campaign.

The Day of European Authors is a new initiative that aims to bring together the literature and education sectors to encourage Europeans to read and help them discover European literature and its linguistic and cultural diversity. Books and reading can help young readers cope with current social and personal challenges. This day is also an opportunity to highlight the importance of all the programmes and initiatives carried out in individual EU countries to promote reading.

Marija Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth, officially launched the initiative in the Bulgarian capital. She was accompanied by Georgi Bardarov, Bulgarian writer and winner of the 2021 European Union Prize for Literature.

The conference programme can be found at this address.