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EU's best young translators feted at Awards

Brussels, 26 March 2012 – Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will present trophies to the winners of this year's Young Translators' (Juvenes Translatores) Contest, organised by the European Commission. Twenty-seven secondary school students, one from each Member State, have been invited to Brussels to receive their award and a diploma for producing the best translation from their country.

The award ceremony takes place tomorrow (27 March) at the Charlemagne building in Brussels, starting at 11am. It can be followed live at

"I would like to warmly congratulate each of the winners. To be the best young translator in your country is quite some achievement. Languages open doors in life and I am sure these young people will benefit enormously from their special talent," said Commissioner Vassiliou.

The Commissioner also congratulated the winners' teachers and parents for their "fantastic inspiration and support".

Each student selected a one-page text written in one of the EU's 23 official languages. They then translated it into any of the other 22 languages.

Although many chose English as a source language, the total number of language combinations used was 148, which is the highest since the contest was launched in 2007. The theme this year was volunteering (to mark the European Year of Volunteering 2011), which inspired many contestants to enrol as volunteers for charities afterwards. After the ceremony, they will meet the Commission's translators who drafted the original texts for the contest and marked the translations.


The Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation organises the Juvenes Translatores (Latin for ‘young translators’) contest every year. It is open to 17-year-old secondary school pupils and takes place on the same day in November in each of the schools selected all over Europe. The contest promotes language learning and linguistic diversity, and is also a unique opportunity for the pupils to try their hand at a translator's job and to test the language skills acquired at school.

The contest has gained in popularity each year. For this fifth competition, the number of entrants was the highest ever at more than 3 000.

The names of the winning students (plus their chosen language combination) and their schools are:





Sophie Insulander (SV-DE1)

BG 13 Fichtnergasse, Wien


Meriem Anciaux (EN-FR)

Collège Saint Michel, Gosselies


Деница Марчевска (DE-BG)

Св.Константин-Кирил Философ, Русе


Ηλιάνα Χαντζηαντρέου

Λύκειο Αρχ. Μακαρίου Γ΄ Δασούπολης, Στρόβολος – Λευκωσία

Czech Republic

Michaela Krákorová (EN-CS)

Gymnázium, Brno-Řečkovice


Mikael Steffens Frisk (EN-DA)

Allerød Gymnasium, Lillerød


Johanna Maarja Tiik (EN-ET)

Miina Härma Gümnaasium, Tartu


Janne Suutarinen (EN-FI)

Joroisten lukio, Joroinen


Gaëlle Daanen (ES-FR)

Lycée Emilie de Breteuil, Montigny le Bretonneux


Sara Kredel (HU-DE)

Goethe-Gymnasium Bensheim, Bensheim


Αριάδνη Τσιάκα (EN-EL)

Πέμπτο Γενικό Λύκειο Καρδίτσας, Καρδίτσα


Simon Virág (EN-HU)

Neumann János Középiskola és Kollégium, Eger


Orla Patton (GA-EN)

Mainistir Loreto Deilginis, Deilginis, Contae Atha Cliath


Francesco Mosetto (DE-IT)

Liceo Classico Europeo annesso al Convitto Nazionale Umberto I, Torino


Vineta Pilāte (EN-LV)

Dobeles Valsts ģimnāzija, Dobele


Lukas Šalaševičius (EN-LT)

Mažeikių Gabijos gimnazija, Mažeikiai


Alexandra Matz (EN-FR)

Ecole Privée Fieldgen


Natalia Grima (EN-MT)

De La Salle College, Birgu


Anne Moroux (FR-NL)

Gymnasium Haganum,
Den Haag


Dawid Dworak (EN-PL)

II LO im. Marii Skłodowskiej Curie, Końskie


Margarida Sampaio (EN-PT)

Agrupamento de Escolas de Arganil, Arganil


Anna Kiss (RO-HU)

Liceul Teoretic "Bolyai Farkas", Târgu-Mureş


Martin Šrank (EN-SK)

Gymnázium Ivana Kupca, Hlohovec


Nina Štefan (EN-SL)

Srednja šola Domžale, Domžale


Isabel Suárez Lledó (EN-ES)

San José, Sevilla


Linnea Kjellberg (FR-SV)

Rosendalsgymnasiet, Uppsala


Theodora Bradbury (DE-EN)

Kendrick School, Reading, Berkshire

Map showing where the winners come from:

More information:

Contest website:


Twitter: @translatores

DG Translation:

Androulla Vassiliou's website

Contacts :

Dennis Abbott (+32 2 295 92 58)

Dina Avraam (+32 2 295 96 67)

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BG: Bulgarian; ES: Spanish; CS: Czech; DA: Danish; DE: German; ET: Estonian; EL: Greek; EN: English; FR: French; GA: Irish; IT: Italian; LV: Latvian; LT: Lithuanian; HU: Hungarian; MT: Maltese; NL: Dutch; PL: Polish; PT: Portuguese; RO: Romanian; SK: Slovak; SL: Slovenian; FI: Finnish; SV: Swedish.

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