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EU - report from the EU negotiating delegation, February 2010

Report from the EU negotiating delegation on ad hoc accreditation and quality control

1. Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian A’s – EU accreditation

New procedure and transition

If one of the languages in the title is your A language and you are not already accredited to the EU Institutions, you may want to consider accreditation on the basis of experience before a test becomes mandatory.

The Institutions have announced that between 1.1.2010 and 31.12.2011 you may apply on this basis if you can prove 100 days’ experience. The proof to be submitted could take the form of copies of contracts showing the relevant details, letters from employers stating the number of days worked for them etc. You should apply by e-mail with a detailed cv and proof of 100 days’ experience as a conference interpreter to Your application will be assessed and you will be informed of the outcome.

From 1.1.2012 accreditation of interpreters with these A languages will be by test only. This is already the case for those with an EU language as their A, and anyone who passes the test may submit proof of 100 days’ experience to move from the beginners to the experienced category.

Please note that accreditation and the organisation of tests is a matter for the Institutions. We are reporting this development because of its possible interest to colleagues with these A languages who have never worked for the EU Institutions or have done so but on an ad hoc basis.

2. SCIC’s new quality scale

Bumpy transition from old to new scale

The Negotiating Delegation has written to the administration to say that the quality score in the new scale must, in the absence of any new evaluation material, be the mathematical equivalent of the score under the old scale: to do otherwise would be to flout the principle of legal certainty. Their response is still pending.

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