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 - 16.00 (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 - 09.10

    Welcome by Rytis Martikonis, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation, who is hosting and chairing the conference

  • 09.10 - 09.30

    Keynote opening address

  • 09.30 - 09.50

    Clear writing in the European Commission 10 years after the campaign was launched

  • 09.50 - 10.15

    Communicating the EU’s core messages to the public

  • 10.15 - 10.35

    Coffee break

  • 10.35 - 10.55

    The challenges of enforcing legal clarity in 24 languages

  • 11.00 - 11.50

    Panel discussion

  • 11.50 - 12.15

    Q&A and views from the floor on enforcing legal clarity

  • 12.15 - 13.45


  • 13.45 - 14.10

    Keynote speaker

  • 14.10 - 15.00

    Panel discussion

  • 15.00 - 15.20

    Coffee break

  • 15.20 - 15.50

    The challenges of clear communication as an institution.

  • 15.50 - 16.00

    Closing remarks