The European Commission organized a roundtable in Luxembourg on December 13 to discuss the future of language technology in the EU. The discussion featured selected members of Europe's language technology commmunity, including Tilde CEO Andrejs Vasiļjevs, as well as invited guests representing major users of language technology solutions, such as BBC, Facebook, Daimler, and Booking.com.
The roundtable was hosted by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect)
The goal of the roundtable was to bring together developers, researchers, and industrial users of language technology to define the main priorities for the European Commission and the ways in which the EC can support continued development. Discussions also focused on the multilingual challenges and needs in various industries, including the automotive, media, and e-commerce sectors; the available and missing language technology support; and R&I challenges in language technologies from the user perspective.
At the roundtable, participants also discussed ways to ensure that the results of language technology research feed into innovative solutions, as well as ways to promote the take-up of innovative solutions in different industries and among different end-users. Particular emphasis was placed on the role of the private language technology sector in making Europe's public digital services multilingual.