Representation in United Kingdom
Sunjeev Sahota

British author Sunjeev Sahota is one of the winners in the 2017 EU prize for literature (EUPL) for his novel The Year of the Runaways. The annual competition recognises outstanding new and emerging literary European talents and helps lesser known EU authors benefit from increased international visibility and cross-border promotion.

SME Funding

Sixteen UK SMEs will each receive €50.000 (£43.090) of EU funding to finance feasibility studies for bringing new products on the market place. They can also ask for up to three days of free business coaching. The latest round of funding comes under Horizon 2020's SME Instrument, phase 1.


In the autumn of 2016 translators active in the UK were asked their opinion on a wide range of issues affecting the profession in a survey conducted by the European Commission Representation in the UK, the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) and the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI). Nearly 600 individuals responded. At this event we will launch a report outlining the full results of the survey and discuss the findings with a panel of senior practitioners from across the spectrum of translation activity in the UK, with time for comments and questions from the audience.

15:30 - 19:00
EU flag

Europe Day held on 9 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.

His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.