Leading language associations, covering both Europe and North America, agree to closer ties
Seattle, USA and Rimini, Italy -- The European Language Industry Association (ELIA) and the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) today announced a cooperation agreement to collaborate on events and marketing activities that will provide increased benefit to each association's members. The agreement will commence in 2008 with three European Networking Days, the first of which will be in Paris, March 13 - 16.
The drive behind the cooperation agreement stems from the existing synergy in the two organizations missions and the reciprocal interest to create quality regional events for European members. ELIA has a rapidly growing membership most of whom are based in Europe; GALAs more global representation has more than 265 members of which 50 percent are in the European region. This agreement is designed to increase the associations' coverage and enhance communications of their respective activities.
ELIA has built an excellent reputation for its well attended and favorably sponsored training and networking programs. These comprise of three intense Networking/workshop days located in main European cities designed to attract language and associated service providers. The fruits of the ELIA/GALA collaboration will first be seen at the Networking Days event in Paris (ND4), but future activities include Networking Days in Ljubljana (ND5) in the summer and an autumn event at a yet undetermined southern European location. More details on the events will be available on the associations' websites in the New Year.
GALA and ELIA's partnership plan includes the joint production of the Networking Days, collaborating on program definition, communications, logistics, marketing and member discounts.
ELIA is the first pan-European company-to-company association in the language industry. It is an umbrella professional organization for translation interpreting and localization companies across Europe and beyond and aims to establish relationships with companies and related organizations from other parts of the world. ELIA is committed to representing the best interests of its member companies in the European marketplace. For more information about ELIA visit www.elia-association.org
GALA is an international non-profit association that promotes translation services, language technology and language management solutions. The member companies worldwide include translation companies, localization service providers, globalization consultants, internationalization specialists and technology developers. GALA companies share a commitment to quality, service, and innovation in helping clients reach global markets. For more information about GALA visit www.gala-global.org