On 13 February 2020, a new competition was announced to employ translators with Irish at the European Commission, both in Ireland (Grange, Co. Meath) and in Brussels.

The competition will aim to create a panel from which the European Commission can employ translators to work in the Irish Language Unit of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Translation.

The competition will be run by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) and the deadline for applications is midday 17 March 2020 (Brussels time).

Speaking about the new opportunities, Aislínn McCrory, Head of the European Commission’s Irish Language Unit, said:

“The format of this competition demonstrates that the European Commission and other EU institutions are working to find creative solutions, making every effort to ensure that there will be sufficient translators in place when the derogation relating to the status of the Irish language in the European Union is due to expire at the end of 2021.”

The successful Irish-language translators will be employed on Temporary Agent contracts at Grade AD 5 and will translate documents from English to Irish.

All candidates must be EU citizens, have a perfect knowledge of Irish, a thorough knowledge of English, and a university degree of at least three years in any discipline.

For detailed information on the required qualifications, the selection procedure, and how to apply, please visit https://epso.europa.eu/job-opportunities/cast/7362/description_en.   

For further information contact Eimear Ní Bhroin at [email protected] or 087 9814342.