1st European Language Industry Forum: LANGUNE, the Association of the Basque Country’s Language Industries, is presented in Europe

May 25, 2012

Having started its first contacts with the European institutions last year, the language industry of the Basque Autonomous Community has turned into good European practice, at the 1st European Language Industry Forum organised by the European Commission under the slogan "share, co-operate, grow".

LANGUNE’s CEO Fernando Alana delivered a speech at the 1st European Language Industry Forum held in Brussels, and informed European industry about the origin of the Association of the Basque Country's Language Industries, its functioning and aims and the characteristics of this sector in the Basque Country.

The intervention of the LANGUNE Association in the Forum is the result of the recognition that the European institutions are giving to the language industry in the Basque Autonomous Community, thus turning it into good European practice. At the end of last year, LANGUNE had its first contacts with the European institutions accompanied by the Sub-Ministry for Language Planning of the Government of the Basque Autonomous Community together with the Local Office representing the Basque Autonomous Community before the European Union.

With its participation in the 1st European Language Industry Forum held yesterday, 24 May, LANGUNE is taking another step forward: to be recognised as a representative, a benchmark association and interlocutor of the language industry in the European ambit. This is apart from being the driving force of the sector State-wide because no other similar association exists.

Basque companies in the sector that belong to LANGUNE, like Elhuyar Fundazioa; Eleka Ingeniaritza Linguistikoa; UZEI, Terminologia eta Lexikografia Zentroa; and Elhuyar Aholkularitza were also present at the Forum held under the slogan “share, co-operate, grow” and organised by the European Commission’s Translation Directorate. The aim of the 1st Forum was to facilitate the meeting among the various players in the European language industry to share knowledge, experiences, needs, challenges, etc. For this purpose various papers were given, discussion workshops were programmed and spaces for networking were set up.


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