The European Commission translator knows 32 different languages – Ioannis Ikonomou, a Greek who is the commission’s translator as of 2014, is fluent in the European Commission’s 23 official languages of Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish. Additional languages he is fluent include Arabic, Russian, Turkish, and Chinese. In fact, Ikonomou is the only translator entrusted with Chinese in the European Commission.
Although the European Commission has 23 official languages, its internal business is only conducted in three languages: English, French, and German.
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