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under the patronage of Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission  
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European Day of Languages 2013 - Vilnius 

Unity in diversity: languages for mobility, jobs and active citizenship

Wednesday 25.09.2013 Speakers
8.30-9.30 Registration and welcome coffee Hostesses and EC staff
9.30-11.00 Opening session Vydas Gedvilas,  Speaker of the Seimas (Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania)

Dainius Pavalkis, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth (video message)

Rytis Martikonis, Director-General for Translation, European Commission: Multilingualism – a commitment to the citizens of the European Union

Gerhard Stickel, President of the European Federation of National Institutions for Language (EFNIL): Linguistic diversity from the perspective of the central language institutions of the EU Member States

Jolanta Zabarskaitė, Director of the Institute of the Lithuanian Language: The present and future of language diversity
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.30 European Day of Languages keynote speech Dalia Staponkutė, Lithuanian author and translator based in Cyprus: Between the Mediterranean and the Baltic peripheries: Linguistic trajectories and possibilities
12.30-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-15.15
Plenary
Language learning for mobility and work in Europe Pierre Mairesse, Director, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission: Making language teaching and learning matter for jobs and growth

Arūnas Augustinaitis, Rector of Kazimieras Simonavičius University, Lithuania, and Jolanta Zabarskaitė, Director of the Institute of the Lithuanian Language, Lithuania: The new approach towards language teaching, economic linguistics and the language industry

Testimonials:
  • Lizzie Fane, Founder of ThirdYearAbroad.com: Careers for Global Graduates
  • Rasa Bubulytė, Youth on the Move Ambassador: Speak to the heart
  • Tomas Petkevičius, Managing Director of JSC ‘WorldOne‘: Languages as a guarantee of successful business
15.30-17.00
Workshops
A. Language teaching: methods, good practice, experience

Moderator: John Bayliss


Panellists: Rapporteur: Kristina Cunningham, Directorate-General for Education and Culture,
European Commission
B. Languages for working opportunities

Moderator: John Wyles

Panellists: Rapporteur: Sonia Peressini, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission
C. The future of the language professions

Moderator: Jonas Öhman

Panellists: Rapporteur: Arūnas Butkevičius, Directorate-General for Translation, European Commission
17.00-17.30
Plenary
Closing Day 1 interview with Viktoras Diawara, Lithuanian singer and producer

Launch of the Speak to the Future campaign “1000 words” (via video link with the British Council in London)
19.00 Dinner and Cultural Event
 
Thursday 26.09.2013
9.00-9.30
Plenary
Summary of workshop findings Moderators
3 rapporteurs from workshops
9.45-11.00
Plenary
Translating and interpreting for active citizenship Introductory video by Directorate-General for Interpretation, European Commission

Marco Benedetti, Director-General for Interpretation, European Commission: Language learning, translating and interpreting for active citizenship in an enlarged Europe

Anna-Maja Henriksson, Minister for Justice, Finland: Linguistic rights for active citizenship - Finland´s language legislation and the new strategy for the national languages

Gonçalo Braga da Cruz, Directorate-General for Justice, European Commission: Interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings

Mindaugas Kiškis, Professor of Law, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania: Languages and Legal Practice
11.00-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-12.30
Workshops
D. Access to information

Moderator: John Wyles

Panellists: Rapporteur: Cristina De Preter, Directorate-General for Translation, European Commission
E. Training of operators

Moderator: Jonas Öhman

Panellists: Rapporteur: Agnė Kazlauskaitė, Directorate-General for Translation, European Commission
F. Experiences from a decade of EU enlargement

Moderator: John Bayliss

Panellists: Rapporteur: Wolfgang Mackiewicz, President of the European Language Council
12.30-14.00 Lunch break
14:00-14:30 Recap and summary of workshop findings Moderator and rapporteurs
14:30-15:30
Plenary
Languages in the digital domain Hans Uszkoreit, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany: Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age: Trends, Threats and Chances

Kristina Cunningham
, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission: Opening up Education, a European strategy

Marie-Noëlle Lamy, Open University, UK: Teaching and learning the speaking skill at a distance – real-time interaction

Video address by
Lord Puttnam
, Chancellor of the Open University, UK
15.30-17.00
Workshops
G. Social media

Moderator: John Wyles

Panellists: Rapporteur: Pinuccia Contino, Directorate-General for Translation, European Commission
H. ICT for language learning

Moderator: John Bayliss

Panellists: Rapporteur: Marie-Noëlle Lamy, Open University, UK
I. Multilingual digital content

Moderator: Jonas Öhman

Panellists: Rapporteur: Andrejs Vasiljevs, Director of Tilde, Latvia
17.00-17.30
Plenary
Recap and summary of workshop findings Moderators
3 rapporteurs from workshops
17.30-18.00 Closing session Jan Truszczyński, Director-General for Education and Culture, European Commission
Romas Jarockis, Vice Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
Daiva Vaišnienė, Chairperson of the State Commission for the Lithuanian Language, Lithuania
19.30 Dinner and Cultural Event