This profile will give you an idea of the qualities, skills, and qualifications our translators need, and what challenges they face.
It is not an official list of requirements for a particular position. For that, you will need to refer to the competition notice, call for expression of interest or call for tender when you apply. All competitions are organised and published by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO), the body responsible for selecting staff for all EU institutions.
Commission translators are required to translate political, legal and administrative texts, and web texts — usually into their main language. These are frequently complex and encompass all the European Union's areas of activity (economic, financial, scientific, technical, etc.).
We are looking for high-calibre graduates — including people with science degrees or non-language arts degrees relevant to EU policies.
In addition to these basic requirements, which apply to all Commission recruits regardless of their specialisation, our recruitment profile focuses on graduates who have — or are prepared to acquire — the specific skills set out below, and are willing to upgrade these and other skills throughout their term of employment.