ILA's mission in Europe is strengthened by our national Associations, whose local activities and programs support the broad and deep network of literacy leaders in that nation. The Associations implement their mission in a variety of ways, including hosting professional learning programs, publishing research, and making available resources that educators in that nation need to be effective. Regional ILA activities are coordinated by the ILA Chapter and Region Services Department and the Federation of European Literacy Associations - FELA, formerly known as the International Development in Europe Committee (IDEC).

Contact ILA's Chapter and Region Services Department for more information about European national Associations and activities or reach out to FELA by emailing Marieta Tzvetkova, or by visiting the FELA website.

Learn more about ILA's activities and projects in Europe. Contact ILA or a national Association listed below for more information.

National Associations

Austrian Literacy Association (ALA)
Österreichische Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Förderung des Lesens und Schreibens
Founding Year: 1974
Year Chartered: 1975
Margit Böck, President

Belgium (French speaking)
Belgian Francophone Reading Association (BELFRA)
Association Belge Pour la Lecture- Section francophone (ABLF)
Founding Year: 1974
Year Chartered: 1975
Patricia Schillings, President

Belgium (Flemish speaking)
Flanders Reading Association (FLARA)
Year Chartered: 1983
Caroline Andries, President

Bulgarian Reading Association (BulRA)
Year Chartered: 2003
Marieta Tzvetkova, President

Croatian Reading Association
Year Chartered: 1997
Snjezana Berak, President

Czech Republic
Czech Reading Association (CzechRA)
Společnost pro podporu a rozvíjení čtenářství
Year Chartered: 2003
Radka Wildová, President
Marie Ernestová, Contact Person

Læsepædagogen Danish Council of International Reading Association
Landsforeningen af Læsepædagoger
Year Chartered: 1950
Thomas Ais Christensen, President

Estonian Reading Association (EstRA)
Eesti Lugemisühing
Founding Year: 1992
Year Chartered: 1993
Mare Müürsepp, President
Kadi Lukanenok, Contact Person

Finnish Reading Association (FinRA)
Founding Year: 1968
Year Chartered: 1971
Ann-Sofie Selin, President
Vuokko Kaartinen, Vice-President

Association Française Pour La Lecture (AFL)
Year Chartered: 1967

German Society for Reading and Writing
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Lesen und Schreiben (DGLS)
Founding Year: 1968
Year Chartered: 1968
Hanna Sauerborn, President

Hellenic Association for Language and Literacy (HALL)
Year Chartered: 1995
Eufimia Tafa, President

Hungarian Reading Association (HunRA)
Magyar Olvasástársaság
Founding Year: 1991
Year Chartered: 1992
Ildikó Szabó, President

Icelandic Reading Association
Íslenska lestrarfélagið
Year Chartered: 1993
Hildur Heimisdóttir, Chairperson

Literacy Association of Ireland
Cumann Litearthachta na hÉireann
Year Chartered: 1978
Regina Dunne, President
Tara Concannon Gibney, FELA rep
Máirín Wilson, FELA Chairperson

Israel Reading Association
Year Chartered: 1968
Shlomo Alon, President

Associazione Literacy Italia
Founding Year: 2017
Tiziana Mascia, President (under construction)

Latvian Reading Association
Year Chartered: 1993/2004 renewed
Sandra Kalnina, President

Lithuanian Association for Reading and Cultural Literacy
Skaitymo ir kultūrinio raštingumo asociacija
Year Chartered: 2012
Rūta Elijošaitytė, Chairperson

Luxembourg Reading Association
Association Luxembourg Pour La Lecture
Charles Berg, President

Macedonia (FYROM)
Reading Association of Macedonia (MaRA)
Asocijacija na Makedonija za Citanje
Year Chartered: 2005
Anica Petkoska, President

The Netherlands
Reading Association in the Netherlands (RAIN)
Year Chartered: 1990
Jeroen Clemens, President

Portuguese Association for Literacy
Littera – Associação Portuguesa para a Literacia
Year Chartered: 1997
M. Lourdes Dionísio, President

Romanian Association for Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RO RWCT Association)
Asociaţia Lectura şi Scrierea pentru Dezvoltarea Gândirii Critice România
Founding Year: 2002
Year Chartered: 2008
Ariana-Stanca Văcăreţu, President

Reading Association of Russia (RAR)
Русская Ассоциация Чтения
Year Chartered: 2010
Natalia N. Smetannikova, President

Slovakia Reading Association
Year Chartered, 1999
Olga Zapotocna, Chair
Zuzana Petrová, Vice Chair

Slovenian Reading Association
Bralno društvo Slovenije
Founding Year: 1995
Year Chartered: 1997
Savina Zwitter, Chairperson

Slovenian Reading Badge Society
Društvo Bralna Značka Slovenije – ZPMS
Founding Year: 1960/61
Marko Kravos, President
Petra Potočnik, Contact Person

Spanish Association for Reading and Writing
Year Chartered: 2005
Estela D’Angelo Menéndez, President

Swedish Council of the International Reading Association (SCIRA)
Year Chartered: 1965
Marie Kallin Frederiksson, Chair
Ulla-britt Persson, Vice Chair

Swiss Reading Forum
Leseforum Schweiz – Forum suisse sur la lecture
Year Chartered: 1992
Dieter Isler, President
Therese Salzmann

United Kingdom
United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA)
Year Chartered: 1967
Roger McDonald, President
Debra Myhill, President Elect

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