Monday, 28 January 2008

Eŭropa Komisiono

…de la Guardian:

The average age of the interpreters working at the European commission in Brussels, for instance, is now over 58, and this at a time when the numbers of languages spoken at meetings there has reached 23.

"More and more people are claiming their language rights," says Brian Fox, director of interpretation at the commission. "The Welsh, for instance, have contacted us about the possibility of having Welsh interpreting. Irish was added a couple of years ago and the Spanish government has requested Basque, Galician and Catalan." The biggest demand, however, is for interpreters who have English as their first language and fluency in two others.

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