Mission statement

The European and International Booksellers Federation represents national booksellers associations in the European Union and beyond. Our members in turn represent a variety of booksellers, including brick and mortar bookshops, online bookshops, independent bookshops, and chains. Through its member associations, we speak on behalf of more than 25,000 individual booksellers.

We believe bookshops are an integral part of local communities, providing access to literature and culture, contributing to financial sustainability in their areas, and helping to improve reading outcomes for all. 

Our mission is to represent our members and their interests on a global platform, before the European institutions and other international organisations. We provide policymakers with professional information about the economic, cultural, and educational role booksellers play, and advocate for book-friendly policies, for the benefit of all readers.

By strengthening the link between booksellers associations from across Europe and worldwide, we foster the exchange of best practice between our members and provide a forum for discussion and cooperation between the representative bodies of booksellers throughout Europe and beyond.

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EIBF Board Members

Please find below the EIBF Co-Presidents and Board Members.


Fabian Paagman


Owner of Paagman Boekhandels, the Netherlands


Jean-Luc Treutenaere


President of the Syndicat des Distributeurs de Loisirs Culturels (SDLC) and Director for External Affairs at Cultura, France


Meryl Halls

Vice-President in charge of International Affairs

Managing Director of the Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland, UK


Maria Hamrefors


Chairman of the Svenska Bokhandlareforeningen


Anne Martelle

Board Member

President of the Syndicat de la librairie française


Anne Schiøtz

Board Member

Director of the Bokhandlerforeningen


Dr. Jessica Sänger

Board Member

Director for European and International Affairs at the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, Germany


Nina Stavisky

Board Member

Executive Director of ALIRE


Sheila O'Reilly

Board Member

Bookselling Ireland Liaison at the Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland

Our Team in Brussels

Our Team in Brussels

Get in touch with our Team in Brussels.


Julie Belgrado


Daniel Martín Brennan
EU Affairs Advisor


Jasmina Kanuric
Communication Advisor