This conference is being hosted by the team within the Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation which run the clear writing campaign. We edit texts drafted in-house, and provide training and online clear writing resources.

Clear writing for Europe will be a chance to exchange ideas for ways to communicate more clearly in writing with the citizens of Europe, to share experiences and to learn about the European Commission’s work in this area.

The European Commission would like to invite representatives involved in plain language from all Member States to participate in this event. With the speakers from the EU institutions and panellists from across the EU, Clear writing for Europe will be an opportunity to celebrate clear writing, exchange best practices, and learn about achievements, ideas and campaigns to encourage clearer communication.

The conference will mark the 10th anniversary of the Commission’s clear campaign. Through publications such as the How to write clearly, the campaign aims to help everyone in the Commission to write shorter, simpler, jargon-free texts. This event will also be a chance to look to the future and to what we can all to do to promote a clear writing culture in Europe in the decade to come.

Practical information

Thursday 5 December 2019, 8.30 - 17.30 (CET)
Berlaymont Building
Rue de la Loi 200
1049 Brussels

Number of places
Registration fee
Who should attend
Clear writing representatives from all Member States
SCH room


  • 08.30 - 09.00 (Europe/Brussels)

    Registration and coffee


  • 09.00 - 09.20

    Welcome and reflections on clear writing in the European Commission 10 years after the campaign was launched

    • Rytis Martikonis, Director-General Directorate-General for Translation
    • Karl-Johan Lönnroth, former Director-General Directorate-General for Translation


  • 09.20 - 10.30

    Taking the frustration out of administration — clear writing in the public sector

    Panel discussion moderated by Rosie ter Beek, Editing unit, DG Translation


    • Katrin Hallik, Selge Sõnum, EE
    • Johan Van Hoorde, Taalunie, NL
    • Dirk Caluwé, Heerlijk Helder, BE
    • Thomas François, Université catholique de Louvain, BE
    • Barbara Altomonte, Dept. for European Policies, IT


  • 10.30 - 10.50

    Coffee break


  • 10.50 - 12.30

    Clear writing — measuring impact and success

    Panel discussion moderated by Anne-Mette Jensen-Foreman, JRC Clear Writer's network

    Opening by: Margrethe Kvarenes, president of the Plain Language Association International (PLAIN)


    • Sandra Fisher Martins, Claro, PT
    • Maciej Ogrodniczuk, JASNOPIS, PL
    • Jurgita Jaroslavienė, Institute of the Lithuanian Language, LT
    • Benedikt Lutz, Donau-Universität Krems, AT


  • 12.30 - 14.00

    Buffet lunch


  • 14.00 - 15.30

    Communicating legislation and making it more accessible to a broad public

    Panel discussion moderated by Cathy Waibel, Head of Editing, European Parliament

    Opening by Ülle Madise, Chancellor of Justice, Estonia


    • Daina Vaivare, Legal Acts' Editorial Department at the State Chancellery, LV
    • Louise Wassdahl, clear language adviser in the parliament, SE
    • Giles Goodall, head of communication unit, Directorate-General Justice and consumers


  • 15.30 - 15.45

    Coffee break

  • 15.45 - 16.15

    Celebrating clear writing as part of our working culture and closing remarks

    Ilze Juhansone, acting Secretary-General and Rytis Martikonis, Director-General Directorate-General for Translation


  • 16.15 - 17.15

    Clear Writing Awards ceremony

    Presentation of 2019 Clear Writing Awards

    Ilze Juhansone, acting Secretary-General and Rytis Martikonis, Director-General Directorate-General for Translation


  • 17.15 - 17.25

    Presentation of Noble Prize

    • David Baker, Head of Editing Unit, DGT
    • Jackie Morin, Head of French language department
    • Josephine Oberhausen, Head of German language department


  • 17.25 - 17.30

    Musical finale

    Claire's Weather Girls