Self-employment, entrepreneurship and social trends

EU ESDEIn view of the fact that many readers of this blog – for example legal translators, lawyers working internationally, legal interpreters, or lawyer-linguists – are self-employed, I noted with interest a recent review published by the European Commission’s Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion entitled Employment and Social Developments in Europe. There are some very interesting findings on self-employment and entrepreneurship, including significant changes since 2000.

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Temporary job opportunity – Translating for the European Commission

eu com eu councilThe European Commission is currently looking for translators into English from two source languages, the first one of which must be one of the following: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian or Swedish.

The second source language must be different from the first source language and can be any of the languages mentioned above or French, German, Italian or Spanish.

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Report – Translation & IP rights

keyboardbulbThe European Commission has recently published a report on Translation and intellectual property rights.

The law firm Bird & Bird LLP was commissioned for the study, which aims to provide an overview of some of the main intellectual property right issues relevant to the domain of translation, including in the field of machine-aided translations.

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Stop press – European Public Prosecutor’s Office

European flags in BrusselsThe European Commission is taking action to improve Union-wide prosecution of criminals who defraud EU taxpayers by establishing a European Public Prosecutor’s Office. Its exclusive task will be to investigate and prosecute and, where relevant, bring to judgement – in the Member States’ courts – crimes affecting the EU budget. The European Public Prosecutor’s Office will be an independent institution, subject to democratic oversight.

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