The Russian association, which has emerged from the Moscow Translation Club (MTC), has a countrywide focus and has embarked on a mission to sign up LSPs from across the Russian Federation.
The courtship between the EUATC and the founders of the newly formed ATCRF stretches back more than 18 months with EUATC President Heike Leinhäuser and Vice-President Miklós Bán accepting speaking engagements in Moscow and St Petersburg where they extolled the benefits of having a nationally constituted translation and localization company association. Following the official incorporation of the ATCRF in July, an application for EUATC membership was despatched ahead of the virtual General Meeting held at the end of October.
ATCRF board chairman Nikolay Kulikov and Vice-President Konstantin Josseliani presented the association to the GM and took questions before a vote was taken in their absence whether to admit or not.
“The outcome was never in doubt,” said Heike Leinhäuser, “and we were delighted to welcome the Russian association on board as our 24th member.”
Konstantin Josseliani, whose ATCRF brief includes external relations said: “The Russian association looks forward to playing an active role in the work of the EUATC and drawing on the experience of the established national associations, as it drives forward countrywide initiatives and embarks on a member recruitment campaign.”