Timeline

The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) first saw the light of day - under a different name - on 19th January 1967.

1958
First consideration about monitoring European matters.

1967
GELC
(Groupement des éditeurs de livres de la Communauté) founded by Belgian, French, Italian, Dutch and German Publishers Associations.

1973
British, Danish and Irish Publishers Associations join GELC as their countries become member of the European Community.

1981
Greek Publishers Association joins GELC as its country becomes member of the European Community.

1984
GELC secretariat is reorganised to give it a permanent representative with EC officials and directorate generals.

1986
Spanish and Portuguese Publishers Associations join GELC as their countries gain membership of the European Community.

1990-1992: President Alain Gründ

1992-1994: President Pere Vicens

1990
The Federation of European Publishers (FEP)/ la Fédération des Editeurs Européens (FEE) becomes the umbrella organisation representing European book publishers associations, Luxembourg Publishers Association joins FEP.

1992
Austrian and Finnish Publishers Associations join FEP. The Norwegian association also adheres, even though a referendum rejects Norwegian EC membership.

1994-1996: President Volker Schwarz

1996-1998: President John Clement

1996
FEP drafts new statutes designed to ensure that candidates associations from Central and Eastern Europe could become members.

1997
FEP 30th anniversary

1998-2000: President Ulrico Carlo Hoepli

2000-2002: President Michael Gill

2002
Hungarian, Cypriot, Czech and Slovenian Publishers Associations join FEP

2002-2004: President Anton Hilscher

2003
Lithuanian Publishers Association joins FEP

2004
Polish, Estonian and Icelandic Publishers Associations join FEP

2004-2006: President Arne Bach

2006-2008: President Jonas Modig

2006
Bulgarian Publishers Association joins FEP

2007
FEP 40th anniversary

2008-2010: President Federico Mota

2010-2012: President Fergal Tobin

2011
Romanian Publishers Association joins FEP

2012-2014: President Piotr Marciszuk

2013
Serbian Publishers & Booksellers Association joins FEP

2014-2016: President Pierre-Dutilleul

2014
Latvian Publishers Association joins FEP

2016-2018: President Henrique Mota

2017
FEP 50th anniversary