Project background

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The Qualitas Project complements and furthers the work done on previous EU projects. Its main objective is to enhance the ability of Member States to ensure reliable interpreting services to the legal system. This can best be achieved by providing the correct tools to adequately identify individuals who possess the knowledge and skills needed to assist individuals who find themselves involved in legal proceedings and do not share the official language of the court. The Qualitas project specifically addresses the issues raised in articles 2.8 and 5 of European Directive 2010/64/EU on the Right to Interpretation and Translation in Criminal Proceedings which states that interpreting services must be of “a quality sufficient to safeguard the fairness of the proceedings."