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Cooperation with non-EU countries

Bringing together partners from different countries to enhance expertise and disseminate best practices in their respective fields.

Supporting interpretation studies

In addition to supporting interpretation studies within the EU and in candidate countries, the Directorate-General for Interpretation (DG SCIC) also cooperates with non-EU countries. International programmes support capacity building in interpretation and increase cooperation and mutual understanding.


The EU-China Interpreter Training Programme (EUCITP) was established 35 years ago, offering in-house training in conference interpreting to young Chinese officials. The lead ministry and coordinator on the Chinese side is the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). There are also links with universities in China that teach interpreting, such as the Shanghai International Studies University.

DG SCIC, together with Directorate-General for Translation (DGT), designed an exhibition on multilingualism in the EU, which was inaugurated in September 2021 at the Museum of World Languages of the Shanghai International Studies University. The exhibition can be visited virtually.


DG SCIC has a training programme with Macao Special Administrative Region since 2006, which helps to increase the number of qualified interpreters in the bilingual public administration (Portuguese - Cantonese/Mandarin).

DG SCIC also cooperates with the Macao Polytechnic Institute and provides pedagogical assistance to their interpretation Master’s programme as well as training for trainers’ courses.

African countries

The Pan-African Masters Consortium in Interpretation and Translation (PAMCIT 2015-2019) aims to promote the development of training courses in conference interpreting and translation in Africa, in partnership with the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya (UNON). Although the programme and financial support formally came to an end in 2019, DG SCIC continues to provide pedagogical assistance in the form of virtual classes to participating universities:

Centre for Translation and Interpretation at the University of Nairobi, Kenya

Universidade Pedagogica, Maputo, Mozambique 

Advanced School of Translators and Interpreters (ASTI) University of Buea

University of Ghana

l’Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis, Senegal

For more information on PAMCIT, watch our video.


The first EU-Cuba initiative aimed at capacity building for interpretation was launched in 2017. The main Cuban partner is the Equipo de Servicios de Traductores e Intérpretes (ESTI) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. DG SCIC organises virtual classes for Cuban interpreters and training for trainers.


In line with the existing EU restrictive measures, the cooperation has been suspended until further notice.

DG SCIC cooperates with two Russian universities in the field of conference interpreter training, providing technical and pedagogical assistance. The two partner universities also regularly participate in training for trainers' seminars and study visits: Herzen State University (St. Petersburg School of Interpretation and Translation) and Astrakhan State University. The Moscow State Linguistic University (MSLU) is also associated with certain activities such as study visits and virtual classes.


In 2021, DG SCIC organised a virtual interpreter training course for participants from Mongolia with the overall objective to increase the interpreting capacity of professional freelance interpreters available in the country. It was the second training course of its kind - the first was organised in 2015 in preparation for the ASEM Summit held in Mongolia.

International organisations

DG SCIC is an active participant in the International Annual Meeting on Language Arrangements, Documentation and Publications (IAMLADP), which was set up by the United Nations and allows the heads of language and conference services of international organisations to meet, identify and discuss common issues, exchange experiences and come up with best practices.

The 2019 Annual Meeting was co-hosted by the EU in Brussels on 27-29 May 2019 (European Parliament, Council of the European Union, European Commission and Court of Justice of the European Union). 

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will host the 2022 Annual Meeting in Bonn, Germany.

29 MAY 2019
Brussels Statement on Multilingualism
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5 JUNE 2019
Brussels Statement on Multilingualism (UN Languages: AR, ZH, RU)
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