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DG Interpretation kicks off awareness campaign for Dutch-booth

dutch booth interpreterIn order to raise awareness among Dutch-speakers of the potential shortage of Dutch main language interpreters, the European Commission has produced a video clip and is launching a campaign to raise the alarm. The initiative is launched as part of the European Language Day activities 2011 (26 September).

The clip “Tolken voor Europa ... naar het Nederlands” was presented to the public in Brusselsexternal link on Tuesday 20.09.11 and in The Hague external linkon Thursday 22.09.11 this week and then published on YouTube and on Facebook.

The shortage of Dutch interpreters is not immediate but over the next ten years up to half of the staff and freelance interpreters working for the institutions are likely to retire. And the departures will be faster than the speed at which new colleagues are currently passing through our tests.

You too can help by sending the links to the clip and our Facebook page and new website to your friends, family and acquaintances - especially if they are in Belgium or The Netherlands. By raising awareness now of the potential shortage, hopefully more young people will get interested in our line of work and prepare themselves to take over - also in the Dutch booth.

“Tolken voor Europa ... naar het Nederlands” was produced by VideoSCIC in collaboration with Dutch booth colleagues at the European Parliament and at the Court of Justice of the EU.

Links:

“Tolken voor Europa ... naar het Nederlands” on SCIC on Europaexternal link

“Tolken voor Europa ... naar het Nederlands” on YouTubeexternal link

“Tolken voor Europa ... naar het Nederlands” on Facebookexternal link

- Commission Press release
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