Multilingualism Day is your opportunity to peek behind the curtain and see how the European Parliament works in 24 languages. You can meet European Parliament interpreters and translators, get a glimpse into their work and set foot inside the Hemicycle plenary chamber itself.
Multilingualism ensures that all Europeans can follow, in their own language, the work of their democratic representatives in the world’s most multilingual parliament. Linguistic and cultural diversity is one of Europe’s strengths and is woven into the European treaties as a core value. As the linguist and philosopher Umberto Eco said, ‘the language of Europe is translation’. Multilingualism Day is your chance to see this language in action.
Multilingualism Day 2019 will take place at the European Parliament Hemicycle and at the House of European History.
Explore multilingualism through fun activities.
Discover where debates and votes take place; presentations with Q&A (4th floor). In Dutch, English, French and German.
Dive deeper into translation and interpretation with 30-minutes talks and Q&A sessions. All talks will be interpreted into Dutch, English, French and German.
10.30 – 11.00: Q&A with translators: tips and tricks of the trade
11.00 – 11.30: How to become an interpreter
11.30 – 12.00: The future of translation
12.00 – 12.30: Interpreting tricks of the trade
12.30 – 13.00: European Parliament interpreters and translators working for you
14.30 – 15.00: How to become an interpreter
15.00 – 15.30: Clear language, clear results
15.30 – 16.00: Interpreting tricks of the trade
16.00 – 16.30: Q&A with translators: tips and tricks of the trade
Find out about this unique poetry festival, which begins on the European Day of Languages and Linguistic Diversity.
Join one of the tours and take a look at the history of languages in Europe. Our guides use anecdotes and objects in the exhibition to show how languages have shaped our rich diversity.
Register by sending an email to email@example.com or on the day at the museum desk.
Schedule: English 10.00, German 11.00, French 14.00, Dutch 15.00
Paul-Henri Spaak Building
Rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
Brussels-Luxembourg serves the European Parliament
Lines 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95 all stop at the European Parliament. Lines 12 and 21 also connect to Brussels Airport. The Zweig entrance in Rue D'Ardenne allows for pick-up and drop-off by bus and for visitors to get their bearings before starting the visit.
The nearest stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trone on lines 2 and 6.
Visitors to the European Parliament in Brussels can now leave their car in the car park, by sending the booking request at least one working day in advance of a visit.