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 Ann-Sofie Selin, or by visiting the IDEC website.

Contact ILA or an national Association listed below for more information.

National Associations

Austrian Literacy Association (ALA)
Oesterreichische Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Foerderung des Lesens und Schreibens
Affiliate No. A6A00
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)
Affiliate No. B2A00
Founding Year: 1974
Year Chartered: 1975
Anne Godenir, President

Belgium (Flemish speaking)
Flanders Reading Association (FLARA)
Affiliate No. B1A00
Year Chartered: 1983
Caroline Andries, President

Bulgarian Reading Association (BulRA)
Affiliate No. B6A00
Year Chartered: 2003
Marieta Tzvetkova, President

Croatian Reading Association
Affiliate No. C8A00
Year Chartered: 1997
Snjezana Berak, President

Czech Republic
Czech Reading Association (CzechRA)
Společnost pro podporu a rozvíjení čtenářství
Affiliate No. C9A00
Year Chartered: 2003
Radka Wildová, President
Marie Ernestová, Contact Person

Læsepædagogen Danish Council of International Reading Association
Landsforeningen af Læsepædagoger
Affiliate No. D5A00
Year Chartered: 1950
Thomas Ais Christensen, President
Susan Møller, International Contact

Estonian Reading Association (EstRA)
Eesti Lugemisühing
Affiliate No. E5A00
Founding Year: 1992
Year Chartered: 1993
Mare Müürsepp, President
Kadi Lukanenok, Contact Person

Finnish Reading Association (FinRA)
Affiliate No. F3A00
Year Chartered: 1971
Ann-Sofie Selin, President
Annika Björk, Secretary

Association Française Pour La Lecture (AFL)
Affiliate No. F6A00
Year Chartered: 1967
Michel Piriou, President

German Society for Reading and Writing
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Lesen und Schreiben (DGLS)
Affiliate No. G5A00
Founding Year: 1968
Year Chartered: 1968
Hanna Sauerborn, President

Hellenic Association for Language and Literacy (HALL)
Affiliate No. G7A00
Year Chartered: 1995
Eufimia Tafa, President

Hungarian Reading Association (HunRA)
Affiliate No. H8A00
Year Chartered: 1992
Janos Gyori, President

Icelandic Reading Association
Affiliate No. I1A00
Year Chartered: 1993
Erna Arnodottir, President

Reading Association of Ireland (RAI)
Affiliate No. I5A00
Year Chartered: 1978
Máirín Wilson, President

Israel Reading Association
Affiliate No. I6A00
Year Chartered: 1968
Shlomo Alon, President

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

Latvian Reading Association
Affiliate No. L3A00
Year Chartered: 1993/2004 renewed
Sandra Kalnina, President

Lithuanian Association for Reading and Cultural Literacy
Year Chartered: 2012
Rūta Elijošaitytė, Chairperson

Luxemburg Reading Association
Charles Berg, President

Macedonia (FYROM)
Reading Association of Macedonia (MaRA)
Affiliate No. M1A00
Year Chartered: 2005
Anica Petkoska, President

The Netherlands
Reading Association in the Netherlands (RAIN)
Affiliate No. N1A00
Year Chartered: 1990
Jeroen Clemens, President
Website under development. Please visit the IDEC Dutch Association page at

Portuguese Association for Literacy
Affiliate No. P9A00
Year Chartered: 1997
Lourdes Dionísio, President

Romanian Association for Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RO RWCT Association)
Asociaţia Lectura şi Scrierea pentru Dezvoltarea Gândirii Critice România
Affiliate No. R5A02
Founding Year: 2002
Year Chartered: 2008
Ariana-Stanca Văcăreţu, President

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

Slovenian Reading Association
Bralno društvo Slovenije
Affiliate No. S2A50
Founding Year: 1995
Year Chartered: 1997
Savina Zwitter, Chairperson
Petra Mikeln, IDEC Representative

Spanish Association for Reading and Writing
Affiliate No. S4A00
Year Chartered: 2005
Estela D’Angelo Menéndez, President (Readers Cities and Towns Network-Spain) (for children)

Swedish Council of the International Reading Association
Affiliate No. S6A00
Year Chartered: 1965
Ulla-Britt Persson, President

Swiss Reading Forum
Affiliate No. S8A00
Year Chartered: 1992
Therese Salzmann, President
Dieter Isler, IDEC Representative

United Kingdom
United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA)
Affiliate No. U3A00
Year Chartered: 1967
David Reedy, President
Henrietta Dombey, IDEC Representative
Liz Chamberlain

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