15 May 2013, Kyiv and 1 August 2013, Odessa
Parliamentary Hearings, May 15, 2013 in KyivThe Parliamentary Hearings that took place on May 15, 2013, in Kyiv were largely based on the data and the analyses presented in the Book Platform report on Publishing and Bookselling in Ukraine. Under the title The Problems of Ukrainian Book Publishing, Bookselling As Well As Perspectives for Support of Book Reading in Ukraine, the hearings were organized by the Committee for Culture and Spirituality of the Ukrainian Parliament and were held in the session hall of the Parliament (Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine). The speakers included heads of committees of Parliament, MPs, representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers, publishers, booksellers, librarians, and promoters. With the Book Platform project's support, the hearings were also attended by Jens Bammel, secretary general of the International Publishers Association (IPA), the Geneva-based organisation that represents publishers world-wide. It should be noted that for almost 22 years of Ukrainian independence, international expert of such level as Mr. Bammel attended the national event involving parliament and government representatives for the first time. And for the first time they heard from foreign but not from domestic expert that Ukrainian situation with book and publishing market is unsatisfactory (in comparison with other countries in both Western and Eastern Europe) and should be changed as soon as possible. Bammel's visit and speech were very important and were highly assessed by all participants as it gave more valuable status and meaning to the Hearings. Also Mr. Bammel participated in few meetings with UPBA board members and with the First Deputy Chairman of the State Committee Anatoly Murakhovskiy and director for publishing and press Alexey Kononenko. Shortly after the Parliamentary Hearings, the president of Ukraine signed Decree No.336/20132 on taking measures for government support of book publishing and the promotion of reading in Ukraine.
Presentation and Discussion on the Results of the Publishing Study in Ukraine at the Green Wave Book Fair in OdessaOn August 1, 2013 results of the study "Publishing and Bookselling in Ukraine. Results of a survey on book publishing and distribution, 2012-2013", carried out within the Book Platform project, were presented at the 17th International Book Exhibition-Fair "Green Wave" in Odessa. This year International Book Exhibition-Fair "Green Wave" was a large-scale event which involved more than 100 publishing houses and included more than 65 activities. It was held with the support of the Ukrainian Publishers and Booksellers Association, whose President Oleksandr Afonin is the author of the study.
Presentation of the survey was held within the round-table discussion "Pressing Issues of Ukrainian Book Publishing". As the continuation of this discussion the following topics were touched upon:
- Results of polling of the regional state administrations as regards the conditions of publishing industry entities and libraries at the regional level;
- Recommendations of the Parliamentary Hearings "Problems of Ukrainian Book Publishing, Bookselling As Well As Perspectives for Support of Book Reading in Ukraine";
- Decree of the President of Ukraine № 336/2013 from 19.06.2013 «On some measures concerning the state support of publishing industry and promotion of reading in Ukraine».
Results of the discussion constitute the basis for measures to be taken by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with respect to implementation of the Decree of the President of Ukraine and Recommendations of the Parliamentary Proceedings.
On May 15, 2013 in Kyiv the Parliamentary Hearings titled "The problems of Ukrainian book publishing, bookselling as well as perspectives of support of book reading in Ukraine" took place. The Hearings were organized by Committee for Culture and
On August 1, 2013 results of the study "Publishing and Bookselling in Ukraine. Results of a survey on book publishing and distribution, 2012-2013", carried out within the Book Platform project, were presented at the 17th International Book