Sunday, July 11, 2010

EU begins the hunt for new translators

Fri, 09 Jul 2010
By : dpa

Brussels - The European Union's executive on Friday began the hunt for a new generation of translators to keep its bureaucratic wheels turning as officials announced a wave of hiring for July 13.

The EU has 23 official languages and its executive, the European Commission, regularly translates key legal documents and briefings into all of them.

But the current generation of translators and interpreters is coming up for retirement, leaving officials keen to start training their replacements now.

"EU citizens and the staff of the EU institutions cannot be expected to know all official EU languages. That is why a multilingual organization like the EU needs high-quality language services," the commission's vice-president in charge of administration, Maros Sefcovic, said.

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