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New rules on translating documents will benefit all Irish citizens and businesses – Hayes

Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes has today (Thursday) welcomed the passing of new regulations in the European Parliament which will simplify the processing of documents in other EU Member States. The regulation will mean that documents such as birth certs and marriage certificates will no longer be required to be translated to other languages.

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“Many Irish citizens living, studying, working or doing business in another EU Member State have encountered barriers when it came to dealing with administive duties such as buying a house or getting married. The freedom of movement is one of the main rights you have as an EU citizen. It does not make sense that problems such as translating an Irish birth cert when you move to Germany or another EU Member State is a continuous issue.”

“The regulation means that documents such as an Irish birth cert will be published with an additional multi lingual certificate that will be recognised by other EU Member States. Irish certificates will continue to be issued as normal.”

“I believe this is an important part of achieving the single market. It makes sense and reduces red tape. There is less paperwork, less stressful on individuals and pro-business.”

“However, I believe the regulations should be extended further. The new regulations does not include Diplomas and Degrees. This will disadvantage students who will continue to require their certificates to be translated into the language of another EU Member State should they wish to work there. A commitment has been given that this will be reviewed and I hope the current regulations can be extended,” concluded MEP Hayes.


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