About Us

Founded in 2000, EURead 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.

The aim of this unique European task force is to exchange knowledge, experiences and concepts, and to jointly develop new strategies for the promotion of reading. EURead 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.

Currently, its members comprise institutions from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands,Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom. 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 EURead. Diana Gerald, CEO at Book Trust, and Gerlien van Dalen, CEO at Stichting Lezen, are Co-Chairs of EURead.

Antonio Tajani, former President of the European Parliament, supports EURead:

As a former journalist, I have a passion for reading and writing, and not a single day goes by that I don’t grab a book or write some notes. These acts which are daily practice for me, are not for more than 73 million people in Europe who are illiterate – an alarming large and growing number. The ability to read significantly influences education, integration and income of all citizens in Europe and in the worId. In order to address this problem, we need to promote literacy in Europe, and familiarize all age groups with reading. This is 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 EURead via Stiftung Lesen/German Reading Foundation:

c/o Stiftung Lesen
Roemerwall 40
55131 Mainz
t + 49 (0)6131 28890 12
f + 49 (0)6131 230333


Annual General Meeting 2019

Our AGM program is online now. Under the motto “Get Europe reading again – Campaigns and Programs”, the 5th Annual General Meeting of EURead will take place from 23rd till 25th of September 2019 at the premises of the Representation of Read More …

First Virtual Annual General Meeting 2020

When: September 22, 2020 Where: Due to Covid-19 measurements, the meeting will take place via video conference. Agenda 14.00 Welcoming Dr. Jörg F. Maas, Chair of EURead 14.05 Keynote Dr. Katarina Barley, Vice President and Member of the European Parliament Read More …

Books for Ukraine March 2022

Here are four initiatives of support: 1. The Polish Book Institute and the Metropolia Dzieci Foundation The “Give a book to Ukrainian children” initiative is run by the Polish Book Institute together with the Foundation Metropolia Dzieci (Children’s Metropolis Foundation). Read More …


About EURead In 2014, EURead adopted a formal legal structure in order to increase its influence and impact on reading for pleasure network of agencies operating within the reading field. EURead will be seeking new members to join the network Read More …

In Europe, more than 73 million people are illiterate – an alarmingly large number. One in five 15-year-olds has poor reading skills and 12,8 % of EU students drop out of school, which will lead to a 30 % increase Read More …

Annual General Meeting 2018

Under the patronage of Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission   25 reading promotion and literacy organisations from 22 European countries convened at the 4th Annual General Meeting of EURead from October 17-19, 2018 at the Scotland House in Brussels. In keeping Read More …

Annual General Meeting 2017

Let´s join forces at the third Annual General Meeting of EURead, which will take place from October 18-20 2017 in Brussels. The meeting brings together experts from the fields of European reading promotion, scientific research, economy and politics including the European Commission.