Brussels, 2 February, 2015
Representing 10,000 literary translators in 29 European countries, CEATL urges the parties responsible for the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the European Union and the United States of America to pay attention to the following issues of concern to everyone with a stake in European literatures and the cultural values they constitute:
- Publishing is not covered by the so-called “cultural exception” and is therefore part of the mandate of TTIP negotiators
- This poses a threat to Europe’s publishing and literature since TTIP will tolerate continued cultural promotion and protection measures only if these are non-discriminatory. Public subsidies to the book sector, but also fixed book price and public lending right policies could then be jeopardized.
CEATL therefore calls for the inclusion of the book sector among the cultural sectors exempted from the TTIP agreement. It also urges the Commission to uphold the legality of national promotions and subsidies for literature in much more unequivocal terms.