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Peter Kraus vom Cleff elected president of the Federation of European Publishers

Peter Kraus vom Cleff, who currently serves as deputy chairman of the publishers committee of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels), was today named the new president of the FEP.
Erstellt am 17.09.2020


Peter Kraus vom Cleff, who currently serves as deputy chairman of the publishers committee of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels), was today named the new president of the Federation of European Publishers (FEP). As announced in an FEP press release, the Rowohlt CFO was elected to the two-year post of head of the European book-industry umbrella association in a general assembly held online. Kraus vom Cleff has been the Börsenverein’s delegate at the FEP since 2017 and acted as Vice President there since 2018. He will replace Rudy Vanschoonbeek (Belgium), whose own two-year term now officially comes to an end.  

Karin Schmidt-Friderichs, Chairwoman of Börsenverein:
“Congratulations to Peter Kraus vom Cleff on his new position as President of the Federation of European Publishers. His wide-ranging experience as Vice President of the FEP and deputy chairman of the Börsenverein’s publishers committee provides him with a solid foundation to carry out his new representative role. Lobbying at the European level is becoming more and more important these days, and the FEP is key in lending a strong voice to the diverse publishing sector, working tirelessly to promote the long-term interests of its members in the political sphere and achieve the best possible conditions for the entire publishing industry. The integrative role played by the German book market in this community is reflected in Peter Kraus vom Cleff’s election to the top FEP position, which brings with it considerable responsibility”.  

Peter Kraus vom Cleff on his new role:
“It is a tremendous honour and it gives me great pleasure to be granted the opportunity to work with the extremely committed FEP team on behalf of the 29 European member associations in the increasingly decisive Brussels arena. We will continue to give a strong voice to the interests of publishers, and we will also do everything we can to ensure than any regulatory changes – not only those being made in tax and copyright law – take into account those issues that are essential to the European publishing industry. In a cooperative dialogue with our colleagues at the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) and the European Writers’ Council (EWC), we will work to make sure the unique diversity of our European cultural and creative landscape is safeguarded in these challenging times”. 

Ricardo Franco Levi (Italy) will take over as Vice-President of the FEP, and Benedikt Föger (Austria) will continue as Treasurer. The FEP Board will also gain the following three new members: Catherine Blache (France), Michiel Kolman (Netherlands) and Sakari Laiho (Finnland).

About the Federation of European Publishers
The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) was founded in 1967 in Brussels. As an independent and non-commercial association, the FEP represents the interests of 29 national publishers associations in Europe. At the moment, the FEP’s core themes include the forthcoming Digital Services Act (DSA), accessibility on the European book market, EU cultural funding programmes in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, freedom of expression in Europe and many more. 

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