New Internship Scheme in the Institutions of the European Union announced by the Government Chief Whip and Minister of State Joe McHugh, T.D.
The Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D., has announced that his Department has established a new internship scheme with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council. This scheme is aimed at giving Irish language graduates opportunities to obtain work placements in the field of translation. The new scheme will come into operation in September of this year.
It is intended that six graduates will be appointed and gaining experience in the autumn, and six others in the spring. Two graduates will be appointed for the three European Institutions, namely the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council for a period of 5 months. An allowance of €2,000 per month will be available for these internships.
“This is an extra step,” said the Minister of State, “in addition to the steps taken here in Ireland and Brussels to endeavour to end the derogation in relation to the Irish language becoming a full official and working language in the Institutions of the European Union in 2021. I urge graduates to consider the benefits of this work experience, for the following reasons:
- The scheme will give vitally important work experience in the European institutions to Irish graduates;
- The scheme will give the European institutions a new graduate stream which will aid them to fulfil their recruitment needs;
- It will provide the opportunity for graduates to perfect their French language skills;
- The scheme will contribute to the awareness of graduates here in Ireland about the opportunities available in Europe, and the experience that they get will be of benefit to those interns who are interested in working in Europe, when taking part in the EPSO recruitment process for the institutions themselves in the future.”
“I am pleased to be able to sanction €120,000 per year under this new internship scheme in the period 2018 – 2021. This new scheme is also valuable in light of there not being a full Irish version of the acquis communautaire available. This new scheme will help provide training and expertise to the graduates that will help translate certain legislation of the acquis communautaire into Irish. While the European institutions already have other internship schemes, there are no opportunities for placement in this area of expertise.”
“The new scheme will open great opportunities for graduates with Irish to benefit from a fruitful career and to work in a diverse environment with highly qualified and highly skilled people” Minister McHugh added.
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Note for editors:
The Irish language was granted status as an official and working language of the EU from 1 January 2007 under Regulation 920/2005. The Regulation included a derogation on the use of the language to be reviewed every five years with the first period to continue until 31 December 2011. As a result of the first review, the derogation was extended until 31 December 2016 under Regulation 1257/2010. Under the terms of the derogation which is in force since 2007, only those EU laws made under the co-decision procedure had to be translated into Irish.
In December 2015, the European Council adopted a regulation aimed at eliminating the derogation on an incremental basis by the end of 2021. The EU institutions are now preparing to provide services through Irish at the same level as other official EU languages.
The timetable for the incremental increase of legislation is as follows:
|Directives adopted by the European Parliament and the Council||No later than 1 January 2017|
|Decisions adopted by the European Parliament and the Council||No later than 1 January 2018|
|Directives adopted by the Council aimed at each Member State||No later than 1 January 2020|
|Regulations adopted by the Council||No later than 1 January 2020|
|Decisions taken by the Council which do not specify whom they are aimed at||No later than 1 January 2020|
|Regulations adopted by the Commission||No later than 1 January 2021|
|Directives adopted by the Commission aimed at each Member State||No later than 1 January 2021|
|Decisions taken by the Commission which do not specify whom they are aimed at||No later than 1 January 2021|