23 June 2017


Founded in 2000, EU READ is a consortium of European reading promotion organisations who believe that reading is a prerequisite for full participation in today's media-led and culturally diverse society.

Currently, its members comprise institutions from Belgium, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Austria and Portugal. The aim of this unique European platform is to exchange knowledge, experiences and concepts, and to jointly develop new strategies for the promotion of reading. EU READ meets regularly and organises systematic lobbying for politicians, industry and commerce. This work raises awareness of the fact that a strong structural framework for reading promotion on a national and European level is absolutely vital.

As you will see from the information on this website, the work of the individual members is very diverse; but there are clear similarities in each organisation's strategies for reading promotion.

In 2014, Dr Joerg F. Maas of Stiftung Lesen/ German Reading Foundation took over as Chair of EU READ.

Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, supports EURead:

"As a former bookseller, I have a passion for reading and not a single day goes by that I don’t grab a book. In Europe, more than 73 million people are illiterate – an alarmingly large number. In order to address this educational and social problem we need to promote literacy in Europe and familiarize all age groups with reading. That’s why I appreciate the various national initiatives as well as the European network EURead, which aim at getting people in Europe enthusiastic about reading."

For further information, please contact EU READ via Stiftung Lesen/ German Reading Foundation:

c/o Stiftung Lesen
Roemerwall 40
55131 Mainz

t + 49 (0)6131 28890 11
f + 49 (0)6131 230333
e please use the Contact Us form on this website