The Federation of European Publishers (FEP), which brings together associations from all 27 countries of the European Union and the UK, has invited the Ukrainian Publishers and Booksellers Association (UPBA) to be a Special Guest of FEP. In this way, European publishers want to express their solidarity with their fellow publishers from Ukraine.
Peter Kraus vom Cleff, president of the Federation of European Publishers, wrote on Monday to the president of the Ukrainian Publishers and Booksellers Association, Oleksandr Afonin, assuring him of the solidarity of European publishers and making an offer to join the FEP. The Federation of European Publishers intends to support the special guest "as much as possible with concrete actions". The UPBA will be invited to coming meetings of the members of the Federation.
Since the very first day of the war, the Federation of European Publishers has condemned the attack. The statement, which was published after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, said " Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and of the region, and especially with our colleagues; authors, translators, publishers, booksellers, and librarians. Keep writing, translating, publishing, and giving access to books. Even if they are a fragile rampart against the bombs, books and reading are essential to democracy.”
[source: booklips.pl and fep-fee.eu]