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Juvenes Translatores: The European Commission announces today the winners of its annual translation contest for secondary school students

Brussels, 2 February 2017

Congratulations to 28 brilliant young students for winning the 2016-2017 translation contest for schools 'Juvenes Translatores'! The winners will come to Brussels to collect their awards for the most accurate translation of their country on 6 April 2017.

The European Commission has today announced the winners of its annual translation contest 'Juvenes Translatores'. A total of 28 secondary school students, one from each Member State, will be invited to Brussels on 6 April to receive their trophies from Commissioner Günther Oettinger, responsible for Budget and Human Resources.

"My congratulations to the winners of the 10th competition. Your parents and teachers must be very proud of your achievement, and I applaud you for taking on the challenge and showing such promising talent. Languages open minds and break down barriers. They help us understand other peoples and cultures. Congratulations for showing creativity and flair in all 24 EU languages. Well done to you all!", said Commissioner Günther Oettinger.

For the 10th time since 2007, over 3000 students from across the European Union translated texts, this time on the subjects of languages and translation. They could choose from any of the 552 possible combinations between any two of the EU's 24 official languages. Students used 152 language combinations, including translating from Greek into Latvian, and from Bulgarian into Portuguese. All winners chose to translate into their strongest language or mother tongue, as the official translators in EU Institutions do.

All winners will be awarded a prize, a trophy and a paper diploma. And it doesn't end there; the contest has its success stories. On 1 February, the European Commission welcomed its first staff translator who started off her career as a Juvenes Translatores winner.

Background

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Translation has been organising the Juvenes Translatores (Latin for ‘young translators') contest every year since 2007. Its aim is to promote language learning in schools and give young people a taste of what it is like to be a translator. It is open to 17-year-old secondary school pupils and takes place at the same time in all selected schools across the EU. The contest has inspired and encouraged some of the participants to pursue their languages at university level and to become professional translators.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the contest and the 60th anniversary of the birth of the European Union. Translation has been an integral part of the EU from the outset, and the subject of the very first Regulation in 1958, starting with 4 languages and reaching 24, signalling that the use of all EU languages has been central all these years.

 

The winners of this year are:

Juvenes Translatores 2016-2017 winners

Country

Winner

Participants

Name,
language pair

School

Number of schools

Number of pupils

Austria

Daniel Sauer,
EN-DE

BG 13 Fichtnergasse, Wien

16

62

Belgium

Nina Kessler,
NL-DE

Königliches Athenäum St. Vith, Sankt Vith

21

90

Bulgaria

МадленИлиева, EN-BG

Езиковагимназия „Д-рПетърБерон“, Кюстендил

16

74

Croatia

Petra Nimac Kalcina, EN-HR

III. gimnazija, Split

10

47

Cyprus

Νεφέλη Ποταμίτου, EN-EL

Λύκειο Αγίας Φυλάξεως, Λεμεσός

6

27

The Czech Republic

Tereza Csibová,
EN-CS

Podještědské gymnázium, Liberec

21

102

Denmark

Astrid Ginnerup Jørgensen, DE-DA

Hasseris Gymnasium, Aalborg 

11

43

Estonia

Laura Schifrin,
EN-ET

Gustav Adolfi Gümnaasium, Tallinn 

6

25

Finland

Greta Koivikko,
SV-FI

Tampereen yhteiskoulun lukio, Tampere 

13

59

France

Alexis Lucas,
EN-FR

Lycée Saint Joseph, Bruz

74

348

Germany

Mariam Kostanian, PL-FR

Französisches Gymnasium, Berlin

87

351

Greece

Αγγελική Χριστοδουλάκη, EN-EL

Γενικό Λύκειο Αγίου Νικολάου, ΄Αγιος Νικόλαος Χαλκιδικής

21

90

Hungary

Barbara Mészáros, ES-HU

Szegedi Tömörkény István Gimnázium és Művészeti Szakközépiskola, Szeged

21

96

Ireland

Éile Ní Chianáin, GA-EN

Coláiste Íosagáin, Baile an Bhóthair

9

45

Italy

Carolina Zanchi, DE-IT

Liceo Linguistico Statale "Giovanni Falcone", Bergamo

73

360

Latvia

Artūrs Bartkevičs-Valdmanis, EN-LV

Saldus novada pašvaldības Druvas vidusskola, Saldus novads 

7

35

Lithuania

Martynas Bartninkas, EN-LT

Kauno technologijos universiteto gimnazija, Kaunas

10

44

Luxembourg

Henrik Young,
SV-EN

European School of Luxembourg Kirchberg 1, Luxembourg

4

20

Malta

Abigail Callus,
EN-MT

G.F. Abela Junior College, Msida

6

30

The Netherlands

Caroline Smulders, DE-NL

Titus Brandsmalyceum - Het Hooghuis, Oss

25

99

Poland

Jędrzej Michalski, FR-PL

I Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Karola Marcinkowskiego, Poznań

51

248

Portugal

Beatriz Simões,
EN-PT

Instituto Educativo do Juncal, Juncal - Porto de Mós

20

90

Romania

Alina Cristiana Tache, DE-RO

Colegiul Național „Mihai Viteazul”, Ploiești

32

146

Slovakia

Agáta Brozová,
EN-SK

Gymnázium, Tvrdošín

13

57

Slovenia

Maruška Schenk, DE-SL

Škofijska klasična gimnazija, Ljubljana 

8

35

Spain

Inés Fernández Martínez, EN-ES

IES Lancia, León

53

253

Sweden

Andreas Hygrell, DE-SV

Tyska skolan, Stockholm 

20

83

The United Kingdom

Amy Baxter, ES-EN

King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth 

73

284

Total

728

3 243

 

For more information:

-  Juvenes Translatores: http://ec.europa.eu/translatores

-  Follow Commissioner Günther Oettinger on Twitter: @GOettingerEU

-  Follow the Directorate-General for Translation on Twitter: @Translatores

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