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EU Young Translator Contest Opens

Secondary schools wishing to enter pupils for the 2010 EU Young Translator Contest can register from today at

The registration period for the contest, known as ‘Juvenes Translatores’ (Latin for 'young translators’), runs until 20 October. The competition, which is open to pupils born in 1993, will be held on 23 November, at the same time in all selected schools.

‘The contest is designed to promote the use and learning of foreign languages in Europe, as well as the specific art of translation,’ said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. ‘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. Knowledge of languages can take you further in your life and broaden your horizons.'

The competition is open to anyone born in 1993 and the 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.

The contest will be held at the same time in all selected schools, under the school’s supervision. 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.


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