EFNIL Conference in Helsinki

Just back from Helsinki where (alongside Tony Jones of the British Council) I represented the UK at the annual conference of EFNIL, the European Federation for National Institutions for Language. I’d like to say we reached the semi-finals, but that’s not how it’s organised.

John with Johan Van Hoorde - EFNIL conference dinner Oct 2012
With Johan Van Hoorde at the 2012 Conference

The conference theme was “plain language” (as opposed to gobbledegook). What is fascinating about these conferences is hearing how each of the member states of the EU is addressing these linguistic – and political – questions. We were all pulling together, for once.

Roll on next year’s meeting.

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