Become an interpreter
DG Interpretation employs administrative as well as linguistic staff (interpreters). To become a staff member, the same rules apply as for any other permanent position with the European Commission. In order to guarantee equal access for all citizens of the Union, recruitment is based on a selection process of open competitions, which lead to reserve lists of successful candidates. From these lists administrative staff and interpreters are recruited, usually at the lower career levels which for interpreters are AD5. If you are interested in a career as a translator, please see the recruitment page of the translation service.
The open competitions for interpreters are organised according to staffing needs in the individual interpreting units. A number of requirements have to be complied with in order to qualify, in particular training and language profile - (i.e. the passive languages sought after in the different interpreting units). The test contains a series of elements: tests in consecutive and simultaneous interpretation, and also, if relevant, in a retour language; tests in various non-linguistic matters. However, there is currently a moratorium on open competitions for interpreters.
Exceptionally, for special or urgent needs, interpreters may be recruited as temporary staff.
The European Parliament, the European Commission, and the European Court of Justice each have an interpretation service but recruitment of staff interpreters and selection of freelance interpreters is carried out jointly.
Please note that any certificates issued by DG Interpretation only certify participation in the relevant training course and do not imply accreditation as an interpreter for the EU institutions.
DG Interpretation does not provide trainee interpreter positions but has close links to a number of interpreter schools [326 KB] .
Accreditation tests for Candidate Country Freelance Interpreters
- If you wish to apply, please see the freelance accreditation page.
- If you have filled in the electronic form once before, please do not repeat the operation.
- All documents must be in by the deadline, if given.
- Remember, you are welcome to send in your application at any time, even if no test is scheduled.