European Day of Languages' celebrations
The Commission celebrates this year's European Day of Languages, 26
September, for almost a week. The centrepiece will be a conference
on Early Language Learning. There will also be the inauguration of
the Business Platform on Multilingualism, the premiere of a
video "Interpréter pour l'Europe" on the theme of "French, a rare
language?", a conference on "How technology can help translators", a
panel debate on Multilingualism. There will also be multilingual
activities aimed specifically at children in Brussels.
Leonard Orban, the EU Commissioner for Multilingualism, said: “
Young children are extremely good at learning languages and are keen
to learn if the conditions are right. From the scientific point of
view, everything points to the fact that learning should begin as
early as possible”.
On 24-25 September, in Brussels : A conference on Early Language
Learning, with a speech by Commissioner Orban. The European
Commission launches the campaign called “Piccolingo”, addressing the
parents of two to six year old children, focusing on the potential
benefits for children and how parents can find information and
support. The target audience of the conference will be experts,
authorities working in this field and delegates from relevant
associations of stakeholders such as educators and parents. The main
themes will be the state of the art of research on language
acquisition in early childhood, existing good practice in early
language learning and language learners with special needs.
The celebrations will also include the following:
Tuesday 22, Brussels : The inauguration of the Business Platform for
Multilingualism, where public debate will be encouraged. The
platform creates a forum for exchange of best practices for the
business community, involving social partners, trade organisations,
chambers of commerce, trade promotion organisations, schools and
Wednesday 23, Paris : The Commission's Directorate General for
interpretation, confronted with an expected penury of interpreters,
has launched an awareness campaign, entitled "French, a rare
language". It is noticeable already that there are relatively few
applying for and succeeding in competitions to become interpreters.
The premiere of the video "Interpréter pour l'Europe", aimed at
encouraging young French speakers to study interpretation will be
shown in the DG COMM Representation from 11h00 to12h30, 288,
boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 PARIS .
Thursday 24, Luxembourg : A conference-debate entitled "How
technology can help translators" on how different media deal with
publishing multilingual news material, to be held in the Jean Monnet
Building in Luxembourg (Room M6) at 11h00.
Friday 25, Brussels: A Press Conference with Commissioner Orban at
12:30, followed by a Technical Briefing on Early Language Learning
and a demonstration of a computer game on languages called
LinguaGo , available on the EuropaGO website .
Th ere will also be a debate on multilingualism in the media, where
representatives of international TV channels, European-wide radio
networks and multilingual websites will present how they deal with
multilingual content and journalism in many languages.
Throughout the day in Place Jourdan, Brussels :, Activities aimed at
children, with the presence of Commissioner Orban. The theme will
be "Story telling in different languages" with music and dance by
the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and a multilingual comic strip
workshop. There will be games, magic tricks and musical
entertainment for visitors.
Member States : Language activities are being organised by the
Commission's representations in various EU Member States
Languages Portal europa.eu/languages/en/home
DG Translation (DGT)
DG Education and Culture (EAC):
Day of languages' activities:
Council of Europe www.coe.int/
W ebsite "Languages mean business"
EU Bookshop: all EU publications:
EUR-Lex central EU law: eur-lex.europa.eu/en/index.htm
TED: invitations to tender: