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Translation and Interpretation in Europe

Contributions to the Annual Conference 2013 of EFNIL in Vilnius

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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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Gintaras Morkūnas – (Directorate General of Interpretation and Conferences of the European Parliament) Welcome address

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Gintaras Morkunas

Welcome address

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The European Parliament differs from the other EU institutions through its obligation to ensure the highest possible degree of multilingualism. Article 146 of the Rules of Procedure stipulates that “all Members shall have the right to speak in Parliament in the official language of their choice”. This provision is of capital importance for multilingualism. In the first place, it allows Members to speak their mother tongue. This is totally understandable: Speaking one’s mother tongue enables one to express oneself in the most eloquent way possible.

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