A single interpretation regime applies throughout the ASEM 8 Summit.

Simultaneous interpretation is provided at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, for all working sessions, including working dinner and working lunch.

Regarding European Union languages, interpretation of all languages is provided into French, Dutch, German, English, Italian and Spanish. This is the standard interpretation regime chosen by the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union for all meetings outside the Council’s premises.

Regarding interpretation into non-EU languages, interpretation into Chinese, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese is foreseen.

At the reception hosted by His Majesty King Albert II, at the drink, at all coffee & tea breaks and at the Breakfast Meeting with the AEBF delegation, Heads of State and Government/Heads of Delegation may be accompanied by whispering interpreters.

No interpretation is provided for bilateral meetings on Sunday 3 October and Monday 4 October by the Summit Host. Interpreters taken along by delegations must be listed among the participants to a bilateral meeting in advance (for more details, cf. infra: ASEM 8 Summit Arrangements > Bilateral Meetings).