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Monthly salaries in the EU Institutions range from around €2,600 per month for a newly recruited AST/SC 1 official to around €16,000 per month for a top level AD 16 official with over four years of seniority.

Conference Interpreter entrants with several years’ relevant experience, may join at a more senior level(Grade AD 7)with a salary of €5,568 per month.

Each grade is broken up into five seniority steps with corresponding salary increases. Basic salaries are adjusted annually in line with inflation and purchasing power in the EU countries.

As the name may suggest the basic monthly salary is just the starting point to remuneration associated with EU jobs as an employee may be entitled to allowances. All payments are subject to relevant tax and charges.
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Last Updated: April, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Conference interpreters ensure that the discussions held at meetings are correctly interpreted into an official language of the EU.

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Breda Ni Mhaoláin
Breda Ni Mhaoláin works as an Interpreter for the European Parliment. After she completed a BA in Irish and Psychology in NUI Galway, she did a masters in Translation. Following a few years working, she specialised by doing a diploma in Conference Interpreting.
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The EU institutions' interpreting service is the largest in the world. Its conference interpreters ensure that the discussions held at meetings are correctly interpreted into an official language of the EU, using either simultaneous or consecutive interpreting.

EU interpreters work in a stimulating, multi-cultural environment, and must be able to:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Grasp varied and often complex issues
  • React and adapt swiftly to changing circumstances
  • Work under pressure, independently and as part of a team.

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The institutions are looking for candidates who are talented, motivated, and highly qualified in their field, and who have the following competencies in particular:

  • Analysis and problem solving - Ability to identify the critical facts in complex issues and develop creative and practical solutions
  • Communication – Communicate clearly and precisely both orally and in writing
  • Delivering quality and results – Take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering work to a high standard of quality within set procedures
  • Learning and development – Develop and improve personal skills and knowledge of the organisation and its environment
  • Prioritising and organising – Prioritise the most important tasks, work flexibly, and organise own workload efficiently
  • Resilience – Remain effective under a heavy workload, handle organisational frustrations positively, and adapt to a changing work environment
  • Working with others - Work cooperatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respect differences between people

An additional requirement for posts in the AD career bracket (administrators) is:
• Leadership – Manage, develop and motivate people to achieve results

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EU Conference Interpreters must have:

  • Perfect command of one European language and a thorough command of at least 2 others (one of your languages must be English, French or German)
  • An appropriate qualification in conference interpreting or a degree, plus one year's professional experience as a conference interpreter
  • Several years’ relevant experience, to join us at a more senior level (Grade AD 7).

The selection procedure for conference interpreters focuses on your interpreting skills, as well as the core competencies required of all EU officials.

Interpreting skills are assessed on the basis of simultaneous and consecutive interpreting exercises in your chosen languages.

Find out more about the selection procedure here. You may also find the sample tests area useful.

Interpreter selections are launched each year in the summer (June/July).

Check the "What's coming up" on the EU careers homepage for an announcement about the languages we are looking for in the current year.

Last Updated: July, 2014

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Go..EU Conference Interpreter - from:  DG Interpretation [Videos]
Go..Translator / Interpreter - from:  European Commission [pdf]
Go..Translator / Interpreter - from:  An Coimisún Eorpach [pdf]
Go..Translator / Interpreter - from:  European Union [pdf]

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