first experiences with simultaneous interpretation


A couple of weeks ago, on the same day, I met two young men, each doing a week-long internship in the office of a Member of the EP. Adam had been in a session where they were discussing human rights in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Tristan had also witnessed a debate about human rights, in the DROI subcommittee on the situation … Read more...

random distribution of voluntary participation

To date I’ve had at least one conversation with forty-four Members of the European Parliament, several have spoken with me twice, and a small but growing number are even allowing me a third conversation about simultaneous interpretation (SI) in the EP.
Going into the final month (because this Parliamentary term comes to an end early as Members will turn all … Read more...

EU promotions for interpretation

online public relations
youtube videos

Someone tipped me off that the European Parliament has hired someone to make a film on the process of simultaneous interpretation (SI) from an elected Member’s point-of-view. I imagine they were carefully vetted in order to give the perspective that the Parliament wishes people to have regarding the purposes, uses, and effectiveness of interpretation. I … Read more...

Rules of Procedure, simultaneous interpretation in the European Parliament

The original Rule 138 was updated on the Europarl website on 9 March, with no changes.
A text was renewed concerning multilingualism in the upcoming, seventh term of the European Parliament (2009-2014). I’ll want to take some time to read through all the explanations of vote.
GrahnLaw posted a summary (scroll down) of the transitional language rules covered by … Read more...

a Deaf Hungarian in the European Parliament?!

machine translation (?)
political announcement
8 February 2009

The national committee of FIDESZ, Hungarian Civic Union, approved its list of candidate members for the European Parliament on January 17, 2009. Dit is een belangrijk historisch moment omdat een Hongaarse dove persoon, Ádám Kosa, op de lijst staat en dus kandidaat is


dimensions of listening

a Political Group
European Parliament

Tension was evident in the persistent background murmur while Members vigorously debated the merits of a collective stance versus individual prerogative. I was surprised that the intensity of debate over political group strategy did not draw everyone’s undivided attention: at no time during the meeting did it seem that everyone was listening. At first, … Read more...

emphasis on choice

Press Release
EU Institutions

Vice-President Alejo Vidal-Quadras (EPP-ED, ES) said: “The single message of the campaign is about choice. It is not designed to appeal to citizens’ civic duty, but to highlight that there are major policy choices confronting the EU which will impact on people’s lives, that these choices are


“inside the soul of European citizens”

European Parliament

A Member was warning his colleagues to be sensitive about budgetary issues for next year’s Parliament during one of the political parties’ Working Group meeting today, because of the backdrop of the global financial crisis.
Earlier today I had asked another Member if there is any relationship between simultaneous interpretation and the European heart. He asked what … Read more...

Voting isn’t always boring!

European Parliament

The committee that I observed yesterday was fascinating because it was chaired by a Swedish Member of the European Parliament who ran the meeting in Swedish except for four times when something happened. (I’m not sure how to label the “somethings” that “happened” yet.) The first quarter of an hour passed with only the Chairman’s routine procedural … Read more...

Ad Personam interpretation in the European Parliament


This is the best thing I’ve learned so far about the system of simultaneous interpretation in the Parliament! Ad Personam means the interpretation applies to the person. Here is an institutional counterpart to the established assignment of interpretation services based solely on group membership rather than individual requirement. I like discovering that, institutionally, the Parliament is a step … Read more...