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The future of translation, in the light of technology and recent trends, Utrecht

Utrecht Centraal
© Kevin Bergenhenegouwen / PDC
datum 26 september 2020 09:00
plaats Utrecht
locatie Utrecht University, Netherlands Toon locatie
aanwezigen (Emma) Nicholson Of Winterbourne e.a.
organisatie Europese Commissie (EC)

This TEW consiting of an interinstitutional information stand, a presentation about translating for the EU and a round table discussion will take place in the frameworkof the two-yearly ‘Tolk-en Vertaalcongres’(Translation and Interpretation Conference).

  • The EU information stand will allow for personal and targeted communication with all kinds of visitors, and for the provision of concrete information on the linguistic activities of the EU-institutions, as well as on the Commission Representation and its Field Office in the Netherlands
  • a round table discussion about the future of the translation profession, in light of new technologies and other recent developments, with participation of DGT and European representatives of national translation industry associations.

Background information:

The aim of this two-yearly conference is to foster sustainable cooperation between translation and interpretation agencies on the one hand, and freelance translators and interpreters on the other. The conference also aims to further employability of (young) professionals and allow them to meet (new) clients. During the 2020 edition of the ‘Tolk-en Vertaalcongres’, a‘covenant’ (cooperation agreement) will be ratified between the Netherlands Association of Translation Companies (VVIN) and at least two associations of independent translators (NGTV, VZV). The covenant contains the core principles of business cooperation between translation service providers and their subcontractors (translators and revisers), and is entirely based on mutual consent. This initiative follows the example of the Hungarian Translation Industry Cooperation Agreement in 2013. It required almost two years of intense negotiations between the associations, that were (partly) facilitated by the EC field officer in the Netherlands.

Practical information


Saturday 26 September 2020, 9.00 (CEST)


Utrecht University - Main University Building

Domplein 29

3512 JE Utrecht,



English, Dutch

Number of places


Registration fee

Open to the public

Who should attend

Translation and interpretation service providers, National and European associations of translation companies, (Young) freelance translators and interpreters, Translator’s and interpreter’s associations, Language/translation students, (EMT) univers



Part of

#TranslatingEurope Workshops


Tolk-en vertallcongres


  • Emma Hartkamp

    Phone number

    +31 703135330

    Postal address

    Europese Commissie

    Vertegenwoordiging in Nederland

    Postbus 30465

    NL-2500 GL Den Haag






Europese Commissie (EC)

Deze instelling van de Europese Unie kan worden beschouwd als het 'dagelijks bestuur' van de EU. De leden van de Europese Commissie worden 'Eurocommissarissen' genoemd. Elke Eurocommissaris is verantwoordelijk voor één of meerdere beleidsgebieden. Momenteel zijn er 27 Eurocommissarissen, voor elke lidstaat één. Samen vormen zij het college van Eurocommissarissen. De Eurocommissarissen moeten het belang van de Europese Unie als geheel behartigen, niet dat van hun eigen land.

De Europese Commissie mag als enige EU-instelling wetsvoorstellen indienen; zij heeft het zogenaamde recht van initatief. Daarnaast controleert de Commissie of de Europese wetgeving juist wordt toegepast in de lidstaten, onderhandelt zij in internationale organisaties als de Wereldhandelsorganisatie (WTO) over de handel van de Unie met het 'buitenland' en is zij verantwoordelijk voor het beheer van de Europese begroting van ongeveer 140 miljard euro per jaar.


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