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


Summary

The conference gathered clear writers from across Europe and the EU institutions. Discussions focused around 3 panel presentations of clear administrative drafting, measuring impact and communicating legislation, with all delegates sharing best practices in promoting clear drafting. The conference culminated in the annual Clear Writing Awards which recognise and reward clear drafting in Commission texts. The event finished with the Noble prizes and a song by Claire’s Weather Girls.

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Agenda

  • 5 December: 08.30 - 09.00 (Europe/Brussels)

    Registration and coffee

     

  • 5 December: 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 for Translation
    • Karl-Johan Lönnroth, former Director-General for Translation

     

  • 5 December: 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

    Panellists:

    • Katrin Hallik  Selge Sõnum, Estonia
    • Barbara Altomonte  Presidency of Council Matters, Italy
    • Johan Van Hoorde  Taalunie, Netherlands
    • Dirk Caluwé Heerlijk Helder, Belgium
    • Thomas François Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

     

  • 5 December: 10.30 - 10.50

    Coffee break

     

  • 5 December: 10.50 - 12.30

    Clear writing — measuring impact and success

    Panel discussion moderated by Anne-Mette Jensen-Foreman, Joint Research Centre’s Clear Writers’ network,   European Commission

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

    Panellists:

    • Maciej Ogrodniczuk Jasnopis, Poland
    • Benedikt Lutz Donau-Universität Krems, Austria
    • Jurgita Jaroslavienė Institute of the Lithuanian Language, Lithuania
    • Sandra Fisher-Martins Claro, Portugal

     

  • 5 December: 12.30 - 14.00

    Buffet lunch

     

  • 5 December: 14.00 - 15.30

    Communicating legislation and making it more accessible to a broad public

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

    Opening by Ülle Madise, Chancellor of Justice, Estonia

    Panellists:

    • Daina Vaivare   Legal Acts’ Editorial Department at the State Chancellery, Latvia

    • Louise Wassdahl Riksdag (Parliament), Sweden

    • Giles Goodall Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission

       

     

  • 5 December: 15.30 - 15.45

    Coffee break

  • 5 December: 15.45 - 16.15

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

    Ilze Juhansone, interim Secretary-General of the European Commission and Rytis Martikonis, Director-General for Translation

     

  • 5 December: 16.15 - 17.15

    Clear Writing Awards ceremony

    Presentation of 2019 Clear Writing Awards

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

  • 5 December: 17.15 - 17.25

    Presentation of Noble Prize

    • David Baker, Head of Editing Unit, DG Translation
    •  Jackie Morin Head of French language department
    • Levke King-Elsner  Head of German translation uni

     

  • 5 December: 17.25 - 17.30

    Musical finale

    Claire's Weather Girls

     

Practical information

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

Languages
English
Who should attend
Clear writing representatives from all Member States
Organiser
SCH room

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