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European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

The role bestowed upon EuroFound by the European Council is "To provide information, advice and expertise – on living and working conditions, industrial relations and managing change in Europe – for key actors in the field of EU social policy on the basis of comparative information, research and analysis"


Loughlinstown House in South County Dublin, with its impressive history and location, provides a welcoming setting for the distinguished EuroFound audience, which consists of EU policymakers, Government and Trade union representatives, and Employers.

Several times a year, Context provides teams of simultaneous conference interpreters to faciliate the trilateral group meetings and the Board meetings of this prestigious and influential European organisation, as well as its biannual Foundation Seminar Series at Dublin Castle where European government officials gather to analyse and debate pertinent EU issues.

The European delegates are professional conference users. They rely on our interpretation for debate and decision making. The interpreters’ output is recorded and later transcribed in the meeting minutes, which are disseminated to all delegates. With fantastic support from staff at the European Foundation before and during the meetings, smooth running and superior interpreting performances are achieved each time.


Interpreting for the Irish EU Presidency 2013

On 16 January 2013, two weeks into the Irish EU Presidency term, Context was asked by the Irish EU Presidency Office to submit details pertaining to cost, interpreter credentials, staff and resources available, and arrangements for sourcing interpreters for over 20 meetings - by the following Monday.

Within 3 working days, Context provided the EU Presidency Office with detailed schedules for some 20 Presidency meetings to be held in Dublin between February and June 2013. We registered 45 interpreters on the Presidency website and built teams of between 10 and 16 interpreters each covering a total of 8 languages.

The first EU Presidency meeting using interpretation facilities took place at Dublin Castle on 14 and 15 February 2013. Context provided a team of 10 interpreters at one week’s notice.

This first conference went very well and led to the host organisation, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, recommending our services to a number of Government Departments.

During the following months, we facilitated a large number of conferences with subject matters ranging from Social Security Systems to Employment Services, Youth and Education to Health and Safety at Work, and other issues that featured on Irelands’ EU Presidency agenda.

This project was challenging in terms of very short lead-in times, changing requirements and complex logistics. The positive feedback we received was overwhelming.
Lithuanian Government officials who attended EU Presidency meetings in Dublin were impressed with the quality of the interpretation and invited us to facilitate their meetings in Vilnius.