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Entrants sought for 2011 EU translator contest
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From today, secondary schools can enrol pupils for this year's EU Young Translator Contest, known as ‘Juvenes Translatores’ (Latin for 'young translators’). The contest, now in its fifth year, promotes 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 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 .

    Entrants sought for 2011 EU translator contest

    "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.

    Background
    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. The quotas per country are:

    Austria19
    Belgium22
    Bulgaria18
    Cyprus6
    Czech Republic22
    Denmark13
    Estonia6
    Finalnd13
    France74
    Germany96
    Greece22
    Hungary22
    Ireland12
    Italy73
    Latvia9
    Lithuania12
    Luxembourg6
    Malta6
    Netherlands26
    Poland51
    Portugal22
    Romania33
    Slovenia8
    Slovakia13
    Spain54
    Sweden20
    United Kingdom73
    Total751

     

    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.

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