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13th Annual EFNIL Conference in Helsinki



13th Annual EFNIL Conference in Helsinki

European Federation of National Institutions for Language


13th Annual EFNIL Conference

in Helsinki/Helsingfors on 7-9 October 2015

hosted by

Kotimaisten kielten keskus / Institutet för de inhemska språken

Institute for the Languages of Finland

“Language use in public administration –

theory and practice in the European states”

 Preliminary Programme

7th October

18:00 (Informal) Reception at Old Town Hall hosted by the City of Helsinki (Aleksanterinkatu 20)


8th October

9:30-11:30 Opening session:

Pirkko Nuolijärvi (Director of Institute for the Languages of Finland): Welcome Address

Anita Lehikoinen (Permanent Secretary, Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture):Address

Gerhard Stickel (EFNIL): Introduction

Ann D'haen-Bertier (European Commission, DG Interpretation): The importance and use of languages in the EU Institutions, in particular from the perspective of interpretation.

Christos Ellinides (European Commission, DG Translation): Translating for Europe - Citizens First!


11:30-12:00 Coffee break


12:00-14:00 2nd session:

Georg Rehm (META-NET): Cracking the Language Barrier for a Multilingual Europe

Rickard Domeij (Sweden): Can official web sites be accessible for all? A Swedish language policy perspective

Eivor Sommardahl and Aino Piehl (Finland):  Plain language in two official languages. Is there an advantage?

Ari Páll Kristinsson (Iceland): Language in public administration in present-day Iceland. Some challenges for majority language management

Moderation: John Simpson


14:00-15:00 Lunch


15:00-16:00 3rd session:

Cecilia Robustelli (Italy): Language use in public administration in Italy.

Nicoletta Mariolini (Switzerland): Language use of public administration in Switzerland

Moderation: Guy Berg



16:00-16:30 Coffee break


16:30-17:30 4th session:

Walery Pisarek (Poland): Project Jasnopis [Clearwriting] and other recent endeavours for improvement of communication between public institutions and citizens in Poland

Júlia Vrábľová - Slavomír Ondrejovič (Slovakia): Language use in public administration - theory and praxis in Slovakia

Moderation: Tamás Váradi


19:00 Conference Dinner at restaurant Sunn, Aleksanterinkatu  26


9th October

9:00-10:30 5th session:

Anne Kjærgaard (Denmark): Text revisions in practice in the Danish public administration: an investigation of the effect that revising a tax letter has on its readers


Margarethe Kvarenes (Norway): Plain language in Norway's civil service: A joint initiative under changing political winds

Jutta Ransmayr (Austria) Language use in public administration in Austria

Moderation:  Cecilia Robustelli


10:30-11:00 Coffee break


11:00-12:00 6th session:

Karlijn Waterman (Netherlands): Petra-e

Bessie Dendrinos (Greece): The development of the European Civil Society Platform for Multilingualism


12:00-13:00 General Discussion

Language use in public administration- What do we want?

Moderation:  Sabine Kirchmeier-Andersen


13:00-14:00 Lunch



14:00-16:00 General Assembly (for members of EFNIL only)


Ajankohta: Alkaa ke 7 loka 2015 Päättyy pe 9 loka 2015