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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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Gunnhildur Stefansdottir – (Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Panel presentation


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Gunnhildur Stefansdottir

Panel presentation

Mr. President, Director of the Institute, Honoured participants

I am both honoured and thankful for being asked to participate in this panel about the demands and suggestions for interpretation and translation in Europe, as it so happens that translation is the subject that is my everyday life at the office, and sometimes at home. I am here as the voice of small nation speaking a small language.

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