Launching of the joint terminology project between the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia and the European Parliament
In March, three translators of the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) (Representatives of the School of Foreign Languages and the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces) visited the Terminology Coordination Unit (TermCoord) of the European Parliament (EP) in Luxembourg as part of the joint project on defence terminology. The visit is a follow-up of the cooperation that started at the Slovenian Military Terminology Conference, organized by the Translation, Interpreting and Proof-reading Department of the School of Foreign Languages which operates under the auspices of the SAF Military Schools Centre, in November 2018. The mentioned conference marked the beginning of cooperation between the Slovenian MoD/Slovenian Armed Forces, NATO and the EP on defence terminology.
During their visit, Slovenian linguists acquainted themselves with translation and terminological processes and capabilities of the EP and started preparing terminological entries on defence to be included in the IATE term base. The project includes collaboration with the NATO Terminology Office and their NATOTerm base and will later on be upgraded to include cooperation with the University of Ljubljana. In the initial phase of the project, the Slovenian, English and French terms will be included in the IATE term base. In the second phase, however, they will be translated into all 24 languages of the EU by the TermCoord unit.
During their stay in Luxembourg, the representatives of the Slovenian MoD also met with the representatives of the Slovenian translation department, which operates under the auspices of the Directorate-General for Translation at the European Parliament. The Directorate is headed by a Slovenian, Mr Valter Mavrič, who was also the first head of the School of Foreign Languages at the Slovenian Armed Forces. The Slovenian translation department acquainted the visitors with the nature and the course of their terminological work, and pointed out the increasing need for systematic collection of Slovenian defence terminology.