Legislation and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have changed many things about our world. European Union interpreters are victims of one of these changes.
Official European Union institutions have had to cut back on meetings and other events where interpreters would normally be employed. In addition to this this, lean summer months are ahead. And so, the EU has offered 1300 euros’ compensation to freelance interpreters who regularly work for them, either as a one-time payout or as an advance for a few days’ future work.
While the initiative may seem like a positive one, many interpreters are offended by the low amount of the offer, which is meant to sustain them for several months. Some interpreters have taken to the streets in protest.
Read on to learn more about this issue, including interviews with interpreters.