EU and Macau plan to continue bilingual interpreter training programme

7 December 2016

The European Union and Macau have agreed to continue the “Training programme for conference interpreting and translation of Chinese and Portuguese” in order to fulfill the needs for qualified bilingual interpreters, during a meeting on Monday in Brussels.

At that meeting, the 21st of the Joint EU-Macau Committee, the Macau delegation presented the Special Administrative Region’s Five-Year Development Plan for Macau (2016-2020), recently enacted, according to a statement released by the Office of the Secretary for Economy and Finance.

The meeting was held under the provisions of Article 16 of the Commercial Cooperation Agreement between the European Economic Community and Macau, signed on 15 December 1992 and was the 15th held since the government of China was handed back administration of Macau.

The meeting was chaired by the Executive Director for Asia-Pacific of the European Service for External Action, Gunnar Wiegand and the Secretary for Economy and Finance of Macau, Leong Vai Tac, and the parties stressed the importance of this annual bilateral meeting that provides an effective platform to discuss matters of common interest.

The European Union welcomed Macau’s commitment to the application of new standards for automatic exchange of information on tax matters, in 2018, further encouraging Macau to begin this exchange of information with the EU and other partners in order to meet the commitments made by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The parties welcomed the successful completion of the third Cooperation Programme between Macau and the European Union in the legal field, which aims to boost the modernisation and development of the Macau legal system, emphasising the creation of a mechanism for co-financing that will encourage the participation of researchers from Macau’s in the EU’s innovative “Horizon 2020” project. (macauhub)