Origins

CELAN is the result of a long development of language policies at EU level. Its direct origin is the Business Platform for Multilingualism.

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The platform was initiated in September 2009 by DG Education and Culture. Stakeholders in business, industry representatives, companies, associations, trade unions, language industry representatives and others discussed the need for an enhanced awareness of the importance of languages in business.

From these discussions stems the core idea of CELAN: to create a network that provides language services to business stakeholders. The CELAN project, a network under LLP KA2 "Languages" started officially on 1 January 2011, and runs to 31 March 2013.

Activities

The projectís principal objective is to facilitate a dialogue in the language field between the business community and language practitioners.

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The project activities include:

  • Research on linguistic needs of European companies/SMEs in different sectors
  • Analysis of existing language-related services and tools
  • Development of on-line applications to support the language needs of business users