In the line of fire - Presenting RSI to the EU commission
21st edition of the SCIC-Universities Conference in Brussels, 6 - 7 April 2017
The Directorate General for Interpretation (DG Interpretation – also known as SCIC) is the European Commission’s interpreting service and conference organiser. Once a year, it organises a conference with participants from universities, national governments and European and international institutions.
The topic of this year's SCIC conference was "Interpretation: Building Capacities for a Changing World". I was contacted, as SCIC wanted somebody to speak about new technologies. As I received the invitation, I was warned that I would probably receive a "lot of critical questions". I was particularly honored to be invited, as it was the first time that an industry representative had been invited to present.
Will RSI lead to more or less interpreting work?
At the beginning of the conference, a realtime survey was carried out, one of the questions was : Will RSI lead to more or less interpreting work? It was a great pleasure to realise that a large majority of the participating academics and EU staff share our opinion that RSI will lead to MORE interpreting. Lower overall costs generate higher demand. Our claim is confirmed.
I tried to empasise the benefits of RSI to interpreters:
Q&A session after my presentation
As expected, I received a lot of negative remarks and critical questions after my presentation. Watching the video, it is interesting to see how the agressive comments are all from participants from countries with very high interpreters fees. Why is this?