The ELE and ELE 2 projects are a direct response to the resolution “Language equality in the digital age”, which was passed by the European Parliament in a landslide vote – 592 votes in favour and only 45 against – in September 2018. The report provides more than 40 recommendations, including:
25. Establish a large-scale, long-term coordinated funding programme for research, development and innovation in the field of language technologies, at European, national and regional levels, tailored specifically to Europe’s needs and demands
27. Europe has to secure its leadership in language-centric AI
ELE has developed a strategic plan that provides concrete steps to put the drafted recommendations into action.
Collaboration with ELG
ELE started on 1 January 2021 and ran for 18 months. The project ended in June 2022, just like its sister project European Language Grid (ELG), with which ELE closely collaborated, especially with regard to the ELG NCCs, the network of National Competence Centres, and through using and promoting the European Language Grid cloud platform itself for several purposes in ELE. Both projects organised a joint final conference, META-FORUM 2022, held in Brussels in June 2022. ELE 2 started on 1 July, 2022 and will run for 12 months. Further collaboration with ELG are foreseen.