The Centre visits the European Asylum Support Office in Malta

On 6 June, our Director, Máire Killoran, and the Head of the Translation Department, Thierry Fontenelle, visited the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in Malta and gave a presentation to an audience of staff members from various operational units.

Topics covered included the Centre’s activities, its quality assurance policy and its pricing structure.

Their visit was geared to exploring ways of strengthening cooperation between the two EU agencies, and looking at how the Translation Centre could help EASO meet its new multilingual needs within the framework of its extended mandate.

The Centre has been cooperating with the European Asylum Support Office since 2011, and volumes have increased so much over the years that the Agency now figures among the Centre’s five main clients. Last year saw the Centre deliver 13 983 pages of translation to EASO, from and into EU and non-EU languages.

EASO is an agency of the European Union set up by Regulation (EU) No 439/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council. Its remit includes:

  • providing operational support to Member States with specific needs and to Member States whose asylum and reception systems are under particular pressure;
  • contributing to the implementation of the EU relocation programme;
  • acting as a centre of expertise on asylum;
  • contributing to the development of the CEAS (Common European Asylum System) by facilitating, coordinating and strengthening practical cooperation among Member States on the many aspects of asylum;
  • helping Member States to fulfil their European and international obligations to give protection to people in need;
  • providing practical and technical support to Member States and the European Commission;
  • providing evidence based input for EU policymaking and legislation in all areas that have a direct or indirect impact on asylum.

EASO’s specific tasks include the provision of country of origin (COI) information on key countries, as well as data on the latest asylum trends. Other activities include developing and providing training in order to enhance quality and harmonisation in the field of asylum, and coordinating the relocation measures agreed at EU level.