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23 September 2013

European Commissioner for Culture to visit Göteborg Book Fair

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will attend the opening ceremony of the Göteborg Book Fair on Thursday, September 26. She will announce the names of the twelve writers that will be awarded this year's European Union Prize for Literature.

The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) was established in 2009. It is awarded annually to writers representing twelve of the countries that are members of the Culture Programme of the European Union. This year, the prize will be awarded to a writer from each of the following countries: Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and the former Yougoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The aim of EUPL is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and encourage greater interest in non-national literary works. The prize is financed by the Culture Programme of the European Union.

The names of the twelve recipients, will be announced by European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou at the opening of the Göteborg Book Fair, Thursday, September 26. Mrs Vassiliou is a commissioner in charge of education, culture, multilingualism, youth and sports.

Before entering her current position, Commissioner Vassiliou worked in politics in her native Cyprus, where she was twice elected to parliament, in 1996 and 2001.

During her visit to the Book Fair, Commissioner Vassiliou will also participate at the opening of the Romanian stand – Thursday, September 26, 11:30 AM – as well as at a joint press conference with the Romanian writers participating at this year's fair. The visit will be concluded by a reading event with a school class at the stand of the European Commission, under the header Europe Loves Reading, on Thursday, September 26, 14:30 PM.

Romania in focus
The official opening of the Göteborg Book Fair will take place on Thursday, September 26, at 10:30 AM, in the V Hall at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre in Göteborg. Other participants at the ceremony include Romanian writer Mircea Cărtărescu, Romania being the focal theme of this year's fair.

Other European Commissioners attending
One additional European Commissioner is included on this year's guest list: Swedish Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, responsible for Home Affairs, will participate in several events, including a debate on improving Sweden's impact in the fight against human trafficking (The Debate Scene, Friday, September 27, 12:00).

Göteborg Book Fair 2013 will take place on September 26–29 at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre in Göteborg. With 100,000 annual visitors, it's the biggest cultural event in Scandinavia.

More information about Göteborg Book Fair can be found at www.goteborg-bookfair.com.

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For more information, please contact:
Birgitta Jacobsson Ekblom, Head of Communications, Göteborg Book Fair
+46 701 61 65 09, bje@goteborg-bookfair.com