Dutch language companies and freelancers aim to sign covenant with EUATC backing

The EUATC is backing a Dutch congress that aims to ratify a covenant between Language Service Companies and the freelance community.

A decision to back the second the Tolk en Vertaalcongres came during the EUATC’s first virtual General Meeting held in April and followed a funding application made by its Dutch member, Vereniging van Vertaalbureaus in Nederland (VViN).

The congress aims to build on an initiative developed in 2017 by the EUATC’s Hungarian member, Proford and the Association of Freelance Translators and Interpreters (SZOFT). The two organisations established an agreement to manage relationships between companies and the freelance community on the basis that language companies and the freelance community have shared interests and that constructive dialogue promotes positive working relationships.

The other partners in the proposed Dutch covenant are Nederlands Genootschap van Tolken en Vertalers (NGVT) and Vereniging Zelfstandige Vertalers (VZV). The three organisations have been in intense negotiations for two years. Those negotiations, which have thrashed out the core principals of business cooperation between translation service providers and their subcontractors, has been facilitated by the EC Field Officer in The Netherlands.

Dave van den Akker, VViN President told the virtual General Meeting of the EUATC, “Like the Hungarian model, the agreement we aim to sign during the congress, is based on mutual consent. The expected outcome of ratification is that it will increase even further the will to collaborate and lead to more good faith between parties in the Dutch translation industry.”

Dave van den Akker went on to say, “While our hopes are high for a bright and constructive future for the language industry in our country, the moment of signing the agreement is on hold as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. However, once the crisis has passed we will move quickly to hold the congress and it has been incredibly important for us to know that we now have the backing of the EUATC in this endeavour.”