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Dues and Criteria for Full Members

To become a full member of the Panhellenic Association of Translators (PEM), you must legally practise one or more linguistic professions approved by PEM. Moreover, Greek must be one of your working languages.

€100 annual membership dues

As a full member of PEM, you must pay your annual dues within the first quarter of the year. 

One-off payment or in instalments

You can pay your annual membership dues:

  • In one lump-sum payment of €100 within the first quarter of the year.
  • In 5 interest-free €20 instalments, after talking to our secretariat.

You may deposit your annual membership dues in the bank account number provided by PEM.

Additional €60 for sustaining members

If you contribute an additional €60 per year, you become a PEM sustaining member.

This means that:

What if I don’t pay my dues?

You have until the end of the year to pay your membership dues.

However, if you have not settled your financial obligations within the first 3 months of the year, you cannot vote at the General Meeting.

Moreover, if you have not settled your financial obligations up to 3 months after the end of the year, you may be erased from PEM, according to Article 9 of PEM’s Articles of Association. Nonetheless, before being erased you must first have been notified in writing.

Legal professional practice

You must be a natural person and legally practise one of the approved linguistic professions.

Approved linguistic professions

To become or remain a full member of PEM, you must be a natural person (not a legal person).

Moreover, you must legally practise one or more of the linguistic professions that have been approved by PEM:

  • Translation.
  • Interpreting.
  • Professions related to translation which derive from that of translator or interpreter as a result of technological or economic developments.
Documentation of professional practice

When you join, and in any subsequent year, you must prove to PEM that you continue to legally practise at least one of the linguistic professions approved by PEM.

Find out more about documentation for legal professional practice.

Approved degrees/specialisation

To become a full member of PEM, you must hold a degree or be specialised in an approved linguistic profession.

Approved degrees

You must hold:

  • A university degree in translation or other linguistic profession approved by PEM.
  • A university degree in a relevant field (e.g. from a foreign language and literature department, linguistics department, communication science department) and one of the following:
    • Specialisation in translation or other linguistic profession approved by PEM.
    • Postgraduate degree in translation or other linguistic profession approved by PEM.
    • Successful completion of a relevant internship at an EU or other international body.
    • At least 3 years of documented relevant work experience.
  • A university degree (e.g. in Law, Medicine) and one of the following:
    • Specialisation in translation or other linguistic profession approved by PEM.
    • At least 3 years of documented relevant work experience.
Other cases of specialisation

If you do not fall into one of the categories above, but believe you possess enough experience and documentation to prove the legal practice of linguistic professions approved by PEM, contact us.

In this case, you can become a full member only by unanimous decision of the PEM Board of Directors.

Associate members

If you are a senior student or graduate of a translation/interpreting university department, you can join PEM as an associate member.

Find out the dues and criteria for associate members.

Mandatory continuing professional development

To maintain your capacity as a full PEM member you must complete at least 16 hours of training per year.

16 hours of training per year

Every 3 years you must demonstrate that you have successfully completed on average 16 hours of training per year.

The training/professional development programme may include:

  • Lifelong learning programmes, and industry-relevant lectures or seminars, in person or by distance learning (e.g. webinars).
  • Conferences on translation, interpreting or other linguistic professions approved by PEM, in Greece or abroad.

PEM has developed a continuing professional development programme and regularly hosts seminars for its members.

Free for sustaining and associate members

If you are a sustaining member or an associate member of PEM, you can attend all the professional development seminars for free.

Accompanying documents

When you join, you must submit certain documents that demonstrate your capacity and degrees.

Legal professional practice

Submit one of the following:

  • Certificate for commencement of business from the tax authority.
  • Screenshot from the TAXISnet Register (Στοιχεία Μητρώου).
  • Certificate of employment.
Degrees

Submit at least one of the following:

  • University degree.
  • Copy of diploma from a secondary level school of translation.
  • Postgraduate degree in translation or other linguistic profession approved by PEM.
Work experience

Submit at least one of the following:

  • Letter from an employer or principal/customer.
  • Copies of invoices.
  • Signed work contracts.
Additional documents

Additional documents may be requested, on a case-by-case basis:

  • A copy of your CV.
  • Language competence certificate for additional languages.
T. +30 2310 266 308 • Email info@pem.gr

T. +30 2310 266 308 • Email info@pem.gr

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