European Commission sets its sights on Mars as it backs Meet Central Europe

For the second time the European Commission has put its considerable weight behind the Meet Central Europe language industry event.

The 2021 edition will be meeting virtually in a 3D version of Mars created by Prague-based developers Conf-O-Matic and the Commission has decided to support the Jobs Fair on, Wednesday, 13th October, the first day of the three day conference.

The Commission will be taking the initiative and inviting freelance professionals from around Europe to drop into the conference, but this time by assuming avatar form in the virtual world. During the Jobs Fairs sessions between 10:00 and 13:00 on each day of the conference freelance translators will get an opportunity to present their credentials to translation and localization companies from across Europe and beyond.

Trisha Kovacic-Young, board member of Meet Central Europe and President of the Austrian Association of Translation Companies (AATC), commented:

“I am delighted that the European Commission Directorate-General for Translation (DGT) will be supporting the Jobs Fair. We are looking to attract in excess of 500 delegates, representing hundreds of LSPs – many of which will have dedicated spaces in during the Jobs Fair eager to meet professional linguists with whom they can collaborate.”

Freelance professional who choose to attend the Jobs Fair on the first day of the conference will have their registration fee covered by the European Commission. Not only will they be able to pitch their service during the Fair, they will also have an opportunity to attend a follow-up programme hosted by the EC’s Austrian representatives.

Meet Central Europe, whose theme is ‘Inspiring Vendor Managers’, was founded in 2018 by four independent translation industry associations from Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. Its last physical conference took place in Prague in 2019 but was cancelled last year due the pandemic.

Language service companies interested in meeting new freelance suppliers at the Jobs Fair should contact Not only can freelance translators attend the Jobs Fair, they can also register at a heavily discounted rate to take part in the full conference, which has a strong freelance strand. However, the early-bird discount rates end at midnight CEST on 31st August.

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