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Translation and Interpretation in Europe

Contributions to the Annual Conference 2013 of EFNIL in Vilnius


Edited By Gerhard Stickel (EFNIL)

Europe is not «lost in translation». It lives in and by translation and interpretation. The 11 th conference of the European Federation of National Institutions for Language (EFNIL) dealt with the importance of these two significant communicative techniques for mutual understanding within multilingual Europe. The articles by official representatives of the different European institutions inform about the facts of day-to-day interpretation and translation in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. Experts discuss translation and interpretation under various general aspects including a historical perspective. Reports on the training and activities of interpreters and translators in several European countries follow. A discussion of the demands and suggestions for translation and interpretation in Europe concludes the thematic part of the book.
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Marco Benedetti – (Director General of Interpretation, European Commission) Intervention à la conférence annuelle de l’EFNIL


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Marco Benedetti

Intervention à la conférence annuelle de l’EFNIL


The motto “Unity in diversity” reminds us that multilingualism is a mirror of our differences and remains one of the fundamental values of the European Union. The use of many languages makes the role of translators and interpreters crucially important in today’s Europe, while getting to know other languages and cultures by the general public can help the European project to develop. Multilingualism is in Europe’s genes, and translators and interpreters are its ultimate expression.

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