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4.11.2 Organisations responsible for interpreters

A number of countries launched new procurement procedures following the end of contracts for interpretation. For example, the State Agency for Refugees in Bulgaria issued a call for tender for the provision of interpretation services,895 and a new agreement was signed with an external interpretation company in Slovakia. 

As of 1 January 2021, the newly-established BBU is also responsible for interpretation services during the asylum procedure in Austria.896 

Due to an increase in translation and interpretation costs in Luxembourg, the budget was increased by 67% for “Expert, study and translation costs”.

In the Netherlands, a new programme called “Interpreting in the Future” is currently under discussion. It aims to establish a roster of interpreters to widen the pool available for the Ministry of Justice and Security. There would be periodic quality assessments to ensure quality.897 In the meanwhile, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service issued new working instructions for officials who work with interpreters.898 

The SEM in Switzerland faced difficulties in obtaining a sufficient number of interpreters in all its regional structures within the tight deadlines of the new asylum law.899  




[895]  State Agency for Refugees with the Council of Ministries | Държавна агенция за бежанците при Министерския Съвет. (2020, February 25). Решение RD05-131/25.02.2020 [Decision RD05-131/25.02.2020].
[896]  Federal Ministry for the Interior | Bundesministerium für Inneres. (2020, December 1). Bundesagentur für Betreuungs- und Unterstützungsleistungen startet am 1. Dezember 2020 [The Federal Agency for Reception and Support Services will start on 1 December 2020].
[897] Ministry of Justice and Security | Ministerie van Justitie en Veiligheid. (2020). TolkTalk [InterpreterTalk].
[898] Immigration and Naturalisation Service | Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst. (2020, April 1). WI 2020/5 (Samen)werken met een tolk [WI 2020/5 Working (together) with an interpreter].
[899] State Secretariat for Migration | Staatssekretariat für Migration | Secrétariat d’État aux migrations | Segreteria di Stato della migrazione. (2020, February 6). Procédures d’asile accélérées : premier bilan [Accelerated asylum procedures: First assessment].