ECA/2018/16 - Translator - Finnish language


The European Court of Auditors, based in Luxembourg, is the European Union (EU) institution established by the Treaty as the external auditor of the EU’s finances. In this capacity, it helps to improve EU financial management and acts as an independent guardian of citizens’ financial interests.

The Court is based in Luxembourg.

The Directorate of Translation, Language Services and Publication is made up of 23 language teams. Two Assistants’ Pools render services for the translators. 

The Finnish team consists of three translators, working under the authority of a Principal Manager with supervisory tasks.


We are looking to recruit a Finnish translator. 

The translator’s main task is to translate texts requested by the Court’s Directorates from at least two EU official languages into Finnish, to revise/review documents translated into Finnish, and to contribute to the Team’s continued linguistic work and terminology work, particularly in the audit field. The predominant source language is English. 

The translator may also be requested to give linguistic assistance to auditors before, during and after audit visits. 


This vacancy notice is open to applicants who, on the deadline for application, meet the eligibility conditions set out in the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union (hereinafter the Staff Regulations) and will have:

1. Qualifications

In accordance with Article 5 of the Staff Regulations: 

i. a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more, or 

ii. a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least one year when the normal period of university education is at least three years, or 

iii. where justified in the interest of the service, professional training of an equivalent level. 

2. Professional experience

Experience in translation and revision, especially of EU-related documents, will be an asset. Any experience in auditing will also be an advantage.

3. Knowledge

Have an excellent command of Finnish (mother tongue or minimum C2 oral and written), and a very good command of at least two other official EU languages.

As English and French are the working languages of the Court, candidates must have a very good command of English (minimum level C1 oral and written) and a satisfactory command of French (minimum level A2 oral and written). To assess your foreign language skills, see:

ECA translators rely on a variety of language technologies in their daily work. Strong IT skills will therefore be a clear asset. Experience with CAT tools will be an advantage. 


Applications must be drafted in English or French and submitted only via the online form provided for the vacancy advertised.

Applications must be accompanied by the following documents (in English or French):

- a letter of motivation (maximum 1 page);

- an up-to-date CV which must be in the "Europass" format (maximum 3 pages); (see:;      

- for officials working outside of the ECA: in addition to the two above-mentioned elements, a document confirming function group, grade and status as an official must be provided.

 Applications failing to adhere strictly to these instructions will be rejected. 


This vacancy notice is open to officials of the European Court of Auditors, officials of other EU institutions or EPSO competitions laureates ONLY.

The Court has decided to launch this recruitment procedure for one Finnish translator on the basis of Article 29.1 of the Staff Regulations, including the transfer of officials from other institutions. 

The Court is an equal opportunities employer and takes steps to ensure that recruitment is evenly balanced between men and women, pursuant to Article 23 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and Article 1(d) of the Staff Regulations. The Court implements measures to reconcile working life with family life.

If you require any special arrangements (for specific handicap or disability) in order to take part in this selection procedure, please send an email in good time to


Deadline for applications is midday on 22 October 2018 (Luxembourg time).



The Court is committed to ensuring that candidates' personal data are processed as required by Appointing Authority Decision No 77-2006 implementing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data in the context of human resources policies.

For more information, see the specific privacy statement for employment vacancies which is available at the following address:


If, at any stage in the selection procedure, you believe that a decision adversely affects you, the following options are available:

I. Request for the Pre-selection Board’s decisions to be reconsidered

You may submit a written reasoned request for the Board’s decision to be reconsidered. Such a request must be submitted to the following address within 10 days of notification of the decision:

II. Complaints

Pursuant to Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations, you may submit a complaint against the Court’s Decision to reject your application within three months of being notified thereof, to the following address:

The Secretary-General

European Court of Auditors

12, rue Alcide De Gasperi

L-1615 Luxembourg

III. Judicial appeal

Pursuant to Article 91 of the Staff Regulations, if your complaint is rejected and this decision affects you adversely, you may then file an appeal with the European Court of Justice. Such appeals must be filed by a lawyer within three months of notification of the decision to reject the complaint.

IV. Complaints to the European Ombudsman

If you believe that the handling of your application has involved maladministration by the European Court of Auditors, you may submit a complaint to the European Ombudsman, having first contacted the Court with the aim of settling the dispute. You must submit your complaint in writing within two years of discovering the relevant facts. An electronic complaints form is available on the European Ombudsman’s website. Complaining to the European Ombudsman will not suspend the above-mentioned appeal deadlines.


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