The EU Adds Gaelic; Translation Costs Grow
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According to this AP
article, the European Union has promoted Gaelic,
Ireland's native tongue, to "official" status.
This is good news for Gaelic translators, as the
EU will have to churn out official documents in this
language, in addition to the 20 other official EU
languages. The EU translation bureau is easily the
world's largest translation agency. According to the
Translation costs for the EU's 20 official languages
had already been spiraling out of control. In January,
officials said the amount was set to pass $1 billion
following the entry in 2004 of 10 new EU members
chiefly from Eastern Europe.
Now that's one heck of a translation bill. And this
bill is only going to get bigger...
The European Union also granted semiofficial status
Monday to three other regional languages: Basque,
Catalan and Galician.
Residents of Galicia in northwestern Spain, Catalonia
in eastern Spain and the Basque region straddling
the Spanish-French border will all be able to receive
EU documents in their home tongues — but only because
the Spanish government agreed to pay for the costs
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