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Please find press materials for download in this section. Moreover you find here latest news on upcoming events and calls.


June 2007

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Conference on Business, Languages and Intercultural Skills - 21 September 2007 in Brussels
Mr Leonard Orban, member of the European Commission responsible for multilingualism, is hosting an international conference in Brussels to discuss the issues of languages as a competitive strength for Europe.
 
Case studies from both large and small companies will be presented. Three parallel workshops will be organised on:
  •  Languages and regional development
  •  Language skills in companies – supply and demand
  •  Promoting language learning in companies
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March 2007

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Lingu@net Europa wins the MERLOT Award
Lingu@net Europa, a project supported by the European Commission under the Lingua Programme, has won the MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources.
 
Lingu@net Europa is a multilingual, on-line resource centre for foreign language learning. It provides information about, and links to good on-line resources from around the world relating to the learning and teaching of any modern foreign language.
 
MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and On-line Teaching), an initiative of the California State University Center for Distributed Learning, is a resource for learning and teaching that holds descriptions of materials for cross-searching. It has an Awards Program for Exemplary Online Learning Resources which 'recognizes and promotes outstanding online resources designed to enhance teaching and learning and honors the authors and developers of these resources for their contributions to the academic community'.
 
Lingu@net Europa is this year’s recipient of the “World Languages Editorial Board Classic” and the “Editor’s Choice” awards, which will be presented at the Merlot 7th International Conference in New Orleans from the 7th to the 10th of August 2007


February 2007

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Fourth meeting of the High Level Group on Multilingualism
The new Commissioner for Multilingualism, Leonard Orban, chaired the 2nd of February the fourth meeting of the High Level Group on Multilingualism (HLGM), set up by the Commission in September 2006. The Group is comprised of independent experts who do not represent the interests of any particular nation or language.
 
The experts discussed the specific themes of the role of interpretation and translation with regard to cultural diversity, citizen's access to justice and respect for human rights, benefits for consumers, business and competitiveness within Europe, trading relations with third countries and the importance of linguistic industry. The discussion also examined how specific programs on sign language can help deaf people.
 
At the centre of recommendations made by the expert group were: raising the quality and consistency of the different linguistic professions in Europe, especially court and community interpreting; encouraging the early language learning and the "mother tongue + 2" policy (including the learning of non-European languages); developing new technologies in linguistic field, etc.
 
This meeting was the fourth of six sessions that the HLGM has on its agenda until June. Commissioner Orban chaired the Group for the first time further to his appointment on the 1st of January. The previous meetings dealt with research into multilingualism, languages and the media, and languages and business.
 
The final recommendations of the expert group will be presented on the European Day of Languages, on the 26th of September 2007.


January 2007

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New Multilingualism Commissioner
Since the 1st of January 2007, Leonard Orban, from Romania, is the new Commissioner in charge of multilingualism. An interview with him is available in all the official languages of the European Union.

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September 2006

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Detecting and removing obstacle to the mobility of foreign language teachers
The more opportunities language teachers have to work abroad temporarily, the greater will be the exchange of good teaching practices and methods, and in many cases, the greater proficiency they will acquire by exposure to the home context of the language that they are trained to teach. But what is preventing foreign language teachers from taking full advantage of this possibility? Find the answer to this question and many more in the study Detecting and removing obstacle to the mobility of foreign language teachers (pdf, 0.1 MB).

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June 2006

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Call for proposals EAC/28/06 - Report on the diversity of language teaching offered in the European Union
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April 2006

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Conference on Regional and Minority Languages in Education Systems.
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