un point de passage incontournable

08:29 Oct 25, 2009
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Marketing - Business/Commerce (general) / General
French term or phrase: un point de passage incontournable
I think in context this phrase is trying to say that in order to infiltrate Europe and do well in Europe the GDP is really important.

im struggling with how to phrase this sentence

D'ici 2018, la BMR se fixe pour objectif de devenir un point de passage incontournable pour l'Europe, tant au niveau culturel qu'au niveau economique.

Help please
katem81
Local time: 13:05


Summary of answers provided
3 +1an inevitable connection point for Europe
Transitwrite
3a must-see location or destination
Jocelyne S
3a key economic and cultural area in Europe
Emma Paulay
3an essential transit point
Clive Phillips
3a vital crossing point
Zoubida Hamdaoui


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a vital crossing point


Explanation:
http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/11/pakistan_reop...

Zoubida Hamdaoui
Local time: 14:05
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in FrenchFrench

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neutral  writeaway: your ref is talking about a crossing point in the Khyber pass. What does that have to do with the BMR?
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an inevitable connection point for Europe


Explanation:
Please look at this doc I found: I hope I am on the right lines for BMR
www.ffue.org/PDF/Presentatie_ENG_Lowette-062009.pdf


Transitwrite
France
Local time: 14:05
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 27

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agree  writeaway: there is a great deal of info plastered all over the www, in NL and FR.the Belgians tend to have a 'the grass is always greener' approach to translation,so they send 100% Belgian issues/topics to other countries,hoping translators have heard of Belgium ;
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  -> Merci
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an essential transit point


Explanation:
"choke point" and "bottleneck" also came to mind but they both have overtones which are inappropriate here. I agree with Sharon's BMR and would suggest something along the lines of: "In the timeframe to 2018, the Brussels Metropolitan Region has set the goal of developing into an essential transit point for Europe, in terms of both culture and economy."

Clive Phillips
United Kingdom
Local time: 13:05
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  writeaway: a bit of a joke, since up to now, it's been touted as the heart/centre of Europe. And the area around Brussels is Flanders and not metropolitan at all. Villages in fact. Funny change of name from Bruxelles-Région Capitale
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a key economic and cultural area in Europe


Explanation:
I think I'd turn it round.

Emma Paulay
France
Local time: 14:05
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 242
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a must-see location or destination


Explanation:
It will of course depend on what BMR we're talking about, but I think that you could go with a must-see location (destination or stop, depending on the tone of the text) - a place you just can't miss.

I'm not sure why you've referred to GDP in your comment, however.

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Note added at 1 day23 hrs (2009-10-27 07:34:27 GMT)
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I don't know why, but this question popped back into my head as I was going to sleep last night (!) and "hub" was what came to mind.

OED defines hub as: "2. the centre of an activity or region"

Jocelyne S
France
Local time: 14:05
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 4

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neutral  Transitwrite: This is not a document about tourism I think, which is what this suggests to me
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  -> To me, it simply means that BMR wants to put itself on the map as indispensable, a reference in its field, etc. (no matter what field that is).
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