European Commission’s Juneves Translatores Contest

Deadline: 20 October 2013
Open to: schools from European Union who are to select 2-5 pupils born in 1996
Prize: travel and accommodation in Brussels  for one winner, one teacher and one accompanying adult


If Europeans are to be united in diversity, as the EU’s own motto puts it, European citizens need to be able to understand languages other than their own. Juvenes Translatores translation contest, that has been going on since 2007, is here to help youngsters who have a thirst to learn foreign languages.

In the long run, learning languages will bring people closer and help them understand other cultures. And it will make it easier for the adults of tomorrow to study and work around Europe. Studies show the ever growing need for translation and translators in Europe, so students should better be ready for this. Juvenes Translatores raises awareness about how translation skills are important and how the use of translation as a mediation between languages should be  reassessed in language learning.


Schools must:

  • be located in a Member State,
  • be recognised by the education authorities of one or more Member States,
  • select between 2 and 5 pupils who were born in 1996,
  • have Internet access,
  • have a computer that can open and print PDF files (the tests and the translation sheets will be sent in this format).

Schools may establish their own criteria for selecting participating pupils, but these must be identifiable, fair and non-discriminatory.


The 28 best translators, one from each Member State, will be announced by the beginning of February and  invited to Brussels in Spring 2014 for an awards ceremony. The European Commission will arrange and pay for travel and accommodation for one winner, one teacher and one accompanying adult per Member State.


Before registering, the responsible teacher must have the head teacher’s (principal’s) approval for the school’s participation.

When registering online (one form per school only), it must be provided:

  • name and address of the school
  • name of one contact person
  • at least one valid e-mail address.

Registration will take place until 20 October 2013, 12.00 midday (Brussels time). Incomplete or late forms will not be admitted to the selection process.

For more information, please visit the official website.

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