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European Commission team to interpret at the multilingual meetings during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU

The European Commission interpreting team will interpret at high-level ministerial meetings organised in Bulgaria during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, starting on 1 January 2018.


The Commission will offer interpretation support under an Administrative Cooperation Agreement signed today between the European Commission's interpretation department and the incoming Bulgarian Presidency. The European Commission regularly provides interpretation at the high-level ministerial meetings organised in the countries holding the EU Presidencies. This includes, for example, the current Estonian Presidency (second half of 2017), the Maltese (first half of 2017) and the Slovak (second half of 2016) Presidencies.

Ms Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director-General of the European Commission's interpretation department, said: "My team is fully committed to support Bulgaria during its first EU Presidency. Our interpreters offer the highest quality of interpretation across the full spectrum of EU policies. This way our service contributes to transparent policy making and brings the EU closer to its citizens."

Ms Lilyana Pavlova, Minister of Bulgaria's EU Council Presidency, said: "The provision of good interpretation services is one of the key organisational tasks and I am confident that the professionalism of the Commission interpreters will contribute to the success of the Bulgarian Presidency."

Thanks to the agreement, an interpretation service that is recognised worldwide for its excellence and professionalism will be provided at high-level ministerial meetings during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. At the same time, the European Commission's interpretation department provides training to the incoming Presidency on chairing meetings in a multilingual environment.

The European Commission's interpretation department has a long-standing cooperation with Bulgaria – the Commission provides regular pedagogical assistance and financial support to the School for Conference Interpreters at the Sofia University and at the Veliko Tarnovo University. The best graduates from these schools have later on joined the Commission's interpretation service.



DG Interpretation is the largest interpreting service in the world. It provides interpretation in the 24 languages of the EU, including Bulgarian, and several non-EU languages, for the European institutions (European Council, the Council of the EU, the European Commission, rotating Presidencies of the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions, the European Investment Bank) and external users (European Offices and agencies in the Member States and third countries in the framework of contacts with the EU).

DG Interpretation only provides conference interpretation; translation is ensured by other services. It has over 500 in-house interpreters and hires between 200-400 freelancers every day in order to provide interpretation at some 11,000 meetings per year. Freelance interpreters are recruited from a pool of nearly 3,300 accredited interpreters who have been successfully tested by the EU institutions.

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