Déardaoin, Feabhra 19, 2009

scéal spéisiúl faoin aistriuchán san Aontas Eorpach

English language interpreters become endangered species
Irish Times

The English language will soon be deposed as the dominant linguistic force within the European Commission's interpreting services, it was revealed today.
The Commission is set to lose one third of its English language interpreters by 2015 due to retirement and a shortage of new recruits means there will soon be more French, German and even Italian interpreters working within its institutions....................

Although the universities are beginning to produce a steady flow of good candidates for our accreditation tests, as yet the numbers coming on stream are not sufficient to meet present or projected demand, particularly in view of the age pyramid in the English interpreting unit,” it said.

Director of the European Commission Representation in Ireland Martin Territt said: "DG Translation, the Commission's service responsible for translating documentation, is facing a major generational change. It is expected to lose at least 20 per cent of its staff by 2015.”
"At the same time, demand for translation into English has increased 45 per cent over the last five years as 11 new official languages have been adopted by the EU.

"We need the best translators with English as a first language. Irish people are in a unique position to work in a stimulating and rewarding career in a core European Institution," he said

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