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Two high-level meetings on multilingualism and SMEs hosted by the EU Commission in Brussels, 23-24 September 2010

Joint Meeting on Multilingualism for Business and Employability

Brussels, Belgium
23 September 2010

Within the framework of the Joint Meeting 3 events were combined and intertwined:
  • Meeting of the thematic working group “Languages for Jobs” (LFJ)
  • Meeting of the “Business Platform for Multilingualism” (BPfML)
  • Meeting of a group of SME representatives and journalists
The LFJ meeting discussed a questionnaire for a survey on “Languages for SMEs” and first findings of their meetings and discussions so far.

At the BPfML the results of the meetings and discussions so far were presented as well as the proposal for a new EU-project on “Network for the promotion of language strategies for competitiveness and employability” (CELAN). Infoterm will be in the project consortium for this Project.

The meeting of a group of SME representatives and journalists was devoted to get journalists acquainted with the language issues faced by SMEs and to prepare the event “Languages for SMEs” in Brussels on the following day.

Event “Languages for SMEs”

Brussels, Belgium
24 September 2010

This event was organized by the Directorate General for Education and Culture, Youth, Sport and Multilingualism (DG-EDU) of the EU Commission (CEC) within the context of the European Day of Languages 2010. The Commissioner for Education and Culture, Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, used this opportunity to report on the results of the meeting of the group of SME representatives and journalists opn the day before and to launch an information action "Languages for SME's".

Within the context of the strategy for Europe 2020, the Commissioner discussed the contribution languages can make for the competitiveness of our enterprises and for the employability of our workforce. Invited SME representatives, that have successfully used language strategies for their businesses, contributed with their own testimonials. The event took place in the form of an inter-active panel discussion, connected via video link to some of the European Commission's Representations in the Member States. It was also be web streamed so that it could be followed via the Internet. The debate focused on the importance of language support for SME's, which is also discussed in a recently published Commission report on the "Internationalisation of SMEs". Among the participants at the event will be government experts, representatives of professional organisations, social partners and stakeholder groups promoting multilingualism.

Infoterm was invited and contributed actively to the debates.

Last update: 2011-03-09

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