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Directorate-General for Translation EUROPEAN COMMISSION Translating for the English Department of DGT Edinburgh, 10 February 2010.

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1 Directorate-General for Translation EUROPEAN COMMISSION Translating for the English Department of DGT Edinburgh, 10 February 2010

2 - 2 - Presentation for DCU Why are we there?  Council Regulation No 1/58: Regulations and other documents of general application shall be drafted in the official languages  Treaty establishing the European Community: Citizens have a right to address the official EU bodies in any of the EU’s official languages and to receive a reply in that language

3 - 3 - Presentation for DCU Why do we translate?  To enable citizens of the EU Member States to: understand the laws that they have to comply with; play a full part in EU activities; make their contributions to the work of the EU institutions without having to learn a foreign language for the purpose

4 - 4 - Presentation for DCU We translate from all the official languages of the EU…

5 - 5 - Presentation for DCU …and on all subject areas

6 - 6 - Presentation for DCU Categories of documents translated

7 - 7 - Presentation for DCU DGT’s staff Some translators and 600 support staff 110 translators in the English Department 40% in Luxembourg 60% in Brussels

8 - 8 - Presentation for DCU Electronic translation tools  Terminology Electronic dictionaries, glossaries, etc. IATE EUR-Lex Quest Metasearch Web search engines DGT Vista + SG Vista  Translation tools Translator's Workbench/Euramis Machine translation Voice recognition

9 - 9 - Presentation for DCU Translation…and more besides Editing Web translation EMT VTS Terminology

10 Presentation for DCU Competitions - Terms and conditions You must be an EU citizen You must have a full university degree in languages or another field No professional experience is required No age limit

11 Presentation for DCU The competition process Apply online Pre-selection test (numerical & verbal reasoning) Translation test, group exercise, oral presentation Interview

12 Presentation for DCU Traineeships (stages) Duration: 5 months Two rounds per year (starting in March and October) For university graduates only Trainees must be able to translate from two EU languages into their main language Monthly grant Any nationality

13 Presentation for DCU What can DGT offer you?  € starting salary  Generous leave entitlements  Varied, challenging work  Excellent language learning opportunities  Job security  Multicultural environment

14 Presentation for DCU What’s next? Check out the EPSO website at or visit the DGT website at

15 Presentation for DCU Thank you for your attention!


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