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Press release10 February 2022Representation in Cyprus

EU young translator contest ʻJuvenes Translatoresʼ – 27 winners across Europe

The European Commission congratulates the 27 young winners of its 'Juvenes Translatores' translation contest for secondary schools, as announced in today's online event.

Juvenes Translatores

The participants could choose to translate between any two of the EU's 24 official languages. Of the 552 language combinations available, the 2,940 budding translators from 689 schools that took part in the contest used 153, including less common combinations such as Portuguese into Finnish to Bulgarian into Swedish, and Slovak into Greek.

Commissioner for Budget and Administration Johannes Hahn said:

“The topic of this year´s contest ‘Let's get on track – towards a (greener) future' reflects the EU's intention to work for a better, greener and more digital Europe. And this year, the European Year of Youth, it is even more fitting to celebrate the young winners and their translation talent. I want to congratulate them, and also their teachers, who instil in their students a love for languages.”

Based on the amount of positive feedback, the contest brought a much needed variety into participants' daily life. As the entrants of an Estonian school put it: “This was a wonderful opportunity for our students. After finishing their translations they shared what they had learnt about translation. This is a huge benefit for further language studies!”

The European Commission's translators selected 27 winners (one for each EU country) from among 2,940 students from across the EU. In addition, 219 students received special mentions for their outstanding translations.

The European Commission will organise an award ceremony for the 27 winners before the summer.

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Translation has been organising the 'Juvenes Translatores' (Latin for ‘young translators') contest every year since 2007. Over the years, the contest has become a life-changing experience for many of its entrants and winners. Some have decided to study translation at university, and some have joined the European Commission's translation department as a trainee or a full-time translator.

Background

The goal of the 'Juvenes Translatores' contest is to promote language learning in schools and give young people a taste of what it is like to be a translator. The competition is open to 17-year-old secondary school students and takes place at the same time in all selected schools across the EU.

Multilingualism, and therefore translation, have been an integral part of the EU since the European Communities were first created. It was enshrined in the very first Regulation adopted in 1958 (EEC Council: Regulation No 1). Since then, the number of official EU languages has grown from 4 to 24, as more countries joined the EU.

2021-2022 'Juvenes Translatores' winners:

EU COUNTRY 

 

WINNER 

PARTICIPANTS  

Name,
language pair

Name of the school,
city

Number of schools

Number of students

Belgium  

Elisabeth Michelet, 

FR-NL 

Sint-Barbaracollege, Gent 

21

85

Bulgaria  

Александра Антонова, 

EN-BG 

Първа английска езикова гимназия, София 

17

73

Czechia 

Albert Horáček,  

DE-CS 

Gymnázium Evolution s.r.o., Praha 2 

20

91

Denmark  

Signe Thormann Vesterdal, 

EN-DA 

Frederiksborg Gymnasium & HF, Hillerød 

14

59

Germany  

Joelle Nies, 

FR-DE 

Freiherr-vom-Stein-Schule Fulda, Fulda 

88

338

Estonia  

Anna Milena Linder, 

EN-ET 

Gustav Adolfi Gümnaasium, Tallinn 

7

33

Ireland  

Maeve O' Brien, 

FR-EN 

Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny 

12

48

Greece  

Δημήτριος Ζάχαρης, 
SK-EL 

Εκπαιδευτήρια «Αναγέννηση»,Πάτρα  

21

82

Spain  

Ana Ruiz de Alfonso,  

EN-ES 

Colegio Marista San José, León 

59

263

France  

Téophane Balloy, 

DE-FR 

Lycée Marguerite de Flandre, Gondecourt 

77

358

Croatia  

Patricija Petrinac,  

EN-HR 

V. gimnazija, Zagreb 

12

55

Italy  

Martina Valendino, 

ES-IT 

Istituto di Istruzione Superiore "Guido Monaco di Pomposa", Codigoro 

75

363

Cyprus  

Άντρια Βλάχου, 

EN-EL  

Λύκειο Αγίου Σπυρίδωνα 

Λεμεσός 

6

26

Latvia 

Rebeka Murāne, 

EN-LV 

Valmieras Viestura vidusskola, Valmiera 

8

23

Lithuania 

Eva Ivanauskaitė, 

EN-LT 

Kauno Santaros gimnazija, Kaunas 

11

49

Luxembourg 

Jan Hübel, 

EN-DE 

Ecole Européenne Luxembourg II, Bertrange 

6

29

Hungary  

Szántó Hanna, 

DE-HU 

Deutsche Schule Budapest, Budapest 

21

91

Malta  

Sharon Cilia, 

MT-EN 

G.F. Abela Junior College, l-Imsida 

6

23

Netherlands 

Selena Vieira,  

ES-NL 

Het Amsterdams Lyceum, Amsterdam  

27

98

 

Austria  

Sandrina Picha,  

EN-DE  

Bundesgymnasium und Bundesrealgymnasium Stainach, Stainach-Pürgg 

19

69

Poland  

Bazyli Kuraszkiewicz, 

EN-PL 

 

I Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Wacława Nałkowskiego, Wołomin 

51

211

Portugal  

Maria Cara d'Anjo, 

EN-PT 

Colégio Nossa Senhora da Assunção, Anadia 

21

88

Romania  

Doroteea Păscălin, 

EN-RO   

Liceul Teoretic „Grigore Moisil", Tulcea 

33

143

Slovenia  

Ajda Rojnik, 

EN-SL 

Gimnazija Poljane, Ljubljana 

8

35

Slovakia  

Jakub Remeň,  

EN-SK 

Gymnázium, Golianova 68, Nitra 

14

63

Finland  

Emma Kuusinen,  

EN-FI 

Tammerkosken lukio, Tampere 

14

62

Sweden  

Alva Tjulin, 

DE-SV 

Tyska skolan, Stockholm 

21

82

TOTAL 

689

2 940

* The number of participating schools from each EU country is equal to the number of seats it has in the European Parliament, with the schools selected randomly by computer.

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Publication date
10 February 2022
Author
Representation in Cyprus