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Putting an end to terminology confusion in the alpine region

The LexAlp project was recently launched in a bid to harmonise the legal language used in environmental and regional planning in alpine countries. As the first project of its kind LexAlp covers all four official languages of the Alps - French, German, Italian and Slovene.
A lexicon is to be compiled in these four languages so that agreement can be reached on the legal and administrative terminology to be used at the supranational level from the legal systems of the six countries involved, namely Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Organisations involved with the development of the alpine region, among them the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention, have long been calling for a common, clearly defined legal usage. In future terminological confusion such as with the term "environmental risk assessment", which is used in three different ways in Italian protocol versions, should no longer occur. The LexALP project is planned over a term of three years (2005-2007) and is financed in the context of the Interreg IIIB Alpine Space Project.
Sources and information: www.eurac.edu/Org/LanguageLaw (en); ACADEMIA - The Science Magazine of the European Academy of Bolzano, No. 37, March 2005.
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