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08/09/2010 00:00:00

Secondary schools wishing to enter pupils for the 2010 EU young translator contest can now register at http://ec.europa.eu/translatores. The registration period for the contest, known as ‘Juvenes Translatores’ (Latin for 'young translators’), runs until 20 October.  The contest is designed to promote the use and learning of foreign languages in Europe, as well as the specific art of translation.

The competition is open to anyone born in 1993 and selected schools will be invited to enter up to five pupils. Pupils of any nationality are eligible, provided that they are enrolled at a school located in an EU member state. They are free to translate from and into any of the EU’s 23 official languages.

‘Language skills are a huge asset for today’s young people, who travel more than previous generations and are more likely to look abroad for a job", explained Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth. "Knowledge of languages can take you further in your life and broaden your horizons,' she added.

The contest will be held at the same time in all selected schools, under the school’s supervision, on Tuesday, 23 November 2010.  Contestants 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.

    After the contest, the translations will be evaluated by Commission translators and the winners invited to Brussels in the spring of 2011 for an award ceremony hosted by Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou. During the trip the winners will also meet EU staff translators.

    The total number of schools that can participate is being increased this year from 690 to more than 750 in response to strong demand since the launch of the contest in 2007. The number of schools selected from each member state (73 from the UK) mirrors the number of seats each country will have in the European Parliament in 2014. If a member state exceeds its quota, the Commission will use a random selection method to determine which schools can participate.

     

    Germany

    96

    France

    74

    Italy, United Kingdom

    73

    Spain

    54

    Poland

    51

    Romania

    33

    Netherlands

    26

    Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Portugal 

    22

    Sweden

    20

    Austria

    19

    Bulgaria

    18

    Denmark, Finland, Slovakia

    13

    Ireland, Lithuania

    12

    Latvia

    9

    Slovenia

    8

    Cyprus, Estonia, Luxembourg, Malta

    6

    Total

    751

     

    Further information on the contest is available at:

    Contest website: http://ec.europa.eu/translatores

    Facebook: JuvenesTranslatores

    Twitter: @translatores

    DG Translation: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/translation/

     

    For more information, please contact the London press office on 020 7973 1971.

    Please note: all amounts expressed in sterling are for information purposes only.

    Last update: 31/10/2010  |Top