First book vouchers could be issued in April

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The first book vouchers, worth 20 euros for 18-year-olds, could start being issued in April, after a first pilot experiment that should take place by the end of this month, announced the Minister of Culture.

“By the end of the month the first pilot experiment will be carried out” on the platform that will issue the vouchers, and “in April there are conditions to issue the first book vouchers, which are aimed at those who turned 18 in the last two years, this year and last year,” said Pedro Adão e Silva, speaking to journalists on Wednesday in Lisbon.

According to the minister, there will be around 200,000 young people who will receive “a check for 20 euros to cash at physical bookstores”.

To make this possible, Pedro Adão e Silva recently signed the ordinance that “defines the general regime for the book voucher”, after the Council of Ministers approved the resolution in December that authorized the transfer of 4.4 million euros from the Cultural Promotion Fund to the Directorate-General for Books, Archives and Libraries (DGLAB), for the 2024-2025 book voucher program.

Now at the end of his mandate, the Minister of Culture considered it “essential that an evaluation be made at the end of this first experience, to think about whether it should be repeated, in the case of books, or even to consider extending [this type of measure] to other areas of Culture”.

The book voucher is a measure proposed by the Portuguese Publishers and Booksellers Association (APEL), which advocated giving 18-year-olds 100 euros to buy books, but the government decided to set the amount at 20 euros and limited the benefit to around 200,000 people.

On the same occasion, Pedro Adão e Silva announced the signing of the decree creating the Portuguese Network of Writers’ Houses, “similar to what was done with the Portuguese Contemporary Art Network and the Network of Portuguese Theaters and Cinemas, to promote some integration of institutions that work in a fragmented way”.

For the Minister of Culture, “this integration is fundamental, because it allows a presence in the territory and the democratization of access to culture”.

In addition, “once the institutions that will be part of this network have been established, in an accreditation process along the lines of what has happened in other networks, it will be possible to have support programs dedicated to network programming”.

Pedro Adão e Silva also announced that he had signed the order creating “six scholarships for literary essay creation, dedicated to Democracy, as part of the 50th anniversary of April 25”, announced on Tuesday by DGLAB.

According to the minister, these are six-month grants worth 7,500 euros.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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