Contributions to the Annual Conference 2013 of EFNIL in Vilnius
Edited By Gerhard Stickel (EFNIL)
Claude Durand – (Directorate General of Interpretation, European Commission) Panel presentation
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Mrs Chairperson, Ladies and gentlemen,
In my short presentation I will try to answer most of the very relevant questions suggested.It is difficult to predict how demand for interpretation in the European institutions will develop in the future, especially since the “on request” system introduced in 2004 at the time of the “big bang” in the Council of Ministers of the EU has changed a long standing pattern in the operational use of official languages. This system, which gives a financial incentive to Member States who voluntarily limit their requests for interpretation, has reinforced a downward trend in the use of some “northern” languages but has had no real impact on interpretation figures related to the main widely-used languages (also called “relay languages” in our jargon).
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