The competition is open to anyone born in 1994 and selected schools will be invited to enter up to five pupils. The students will have to translate a one-page text based on their choice of any of the 506 language combinations possible among the EU’s 23 official languages.
"The contest promotes language learning in schools and translation as a career," said Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. "Knowledge of languages can open your mind to different cultures and boost your job prospects," she added.
The contest will be held at the same time across the EU (09.00 – 11.00 GMT) on Thursday, 24 November 2011. Under the school’s supervision, participants will have two hours to translate a text, which the Commission will send to the schools shortly before the competition starts. Dictionaries can be used, but not electronic devices.
The theme of the texts to translate will be volunteering to mark the fact that 2011 is the European Year of Volunteering.
All the national winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in Brussels in March 2012, hosted by the European Commissioner for Multilingualism, Androulla Vassiliou.
Schools wishing to participate must respond by completing the online registration before the 20 October 2011.