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Towards New Conditions for Literary Translation in Europe

The PETRA Recommendations


The publication Towards New Conditions for Literary Translation in Europe. The PETRA Recommendations presents the outcomes of the discussions, which took place on 1-3 December 2011 in Brussels, where almost 70 organisations, all active in the field of literary translation, gathered for the first PETRA congress. These organisations, based in 34 European countries (EU member states and neighbouring countries), reflected upon the situation of literary translation in Europe and discussed the development of a European plan of action in support of literary translation.

PETRA’s main objective is to promote and support literary translation and literary translators in Europe. In particular, PETRA wants to instigate and set in motion beneficial changes in the field.

The PETRA recommendations are based on the conviction that the conditions surrounding literary translation in Europe need to change.

This publication was officially presented on 22 October 2012 in Passa Porta, Brussels, in the presence of Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

Click on the links below to download the version in English, German and French, as well as the Italian and Spanish translation of the summary of the PETRA Recommendations.

-  The PETRA Recommendations EN

-  Die PETRA Empfehlungen DE

-  Les Recommandations PETRA FR

-  Sintesi raccomandazioni PETRA IT

-  Sintesis recomendaciones PETRA ES

More information on the PETRA recommendations in the press releases in English, German and French, attached below, or at the website

-  PETRA Press file EN

-  PETRA Pressemappe DE

-  PETRA Dossier de presse FR