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Başak Balkan

Interpreter and Translator

Turkish, English, and French

My mission is to get your message across


I will ensure that you are heard. You will truly communicate.


I regularly work during high-level meetings between Turkish and Belgian officials, including between the Turkish President and the Belgian Prime Minister in October 2015, Turkish and Belgian ministers of foreign affairs, defense and internal affairs and the press conferences which followed these meetings.


I also work in simultaneous and consecutive mode, via video or in-person, during meetings held at the European Parliament on environmental, human rights, energy and other matters, as well as for TAIEX (the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument of the European Commission) during seminars, workshops and  conferences organised on subjects as diverse as decentralization, corruption, policing and democracy, appellations of origin, or cybercrime.


I have interpreted for Skoda, SEAT and Toyota, for agricultural engineers coming from Turkey to France to buy wheat seeds, for diamond retailers coming to Antwerp to buy diamonds, engineers who come to learn about laser engraving and many other professionals who need to hear and be heard exactly as intended. And everyone was able to reach their goals and leave satisfied.





Turkish President's meeting with Belgian Prime Minister FR>TR

Green Party meetings at the European Parliament TR<>EN


Euronews: (live) EU Commission Presidency debate / 2015 elections in Turkey / Interview with Christine Lagarde EN>TR


TAIEX seminars, workshops (decentralisation, corruption, judiciary, appellations of origin, cybercrime...) TR<>EN


High-level Belgo-Turkish Ministerial Meetings TR<>FR


Belgo-Turkish Social Security Negotiations FR<>TR


Negotiations on a new fishing agreement between Madagascar and the EU

ACP – EU Trade Relations (European Journalism Center) FR<>EN 

The Economy of the Maghreb (Peterson Institute of Economics) FR<>EN

European Works Councils and Trade Unions (CGSP) FR<>TR<>EN


Unions & the financial crisis (Elewijt Center) FR<>TR<>EN


Dexia Today (intra- Dexia seminar) FR<>TR<>EN

Transunion Conference FR<>TR

European Competitiveness and the Role of Diaspora Networks (UNITEE, European Parliament) TR<>EN

Eurojust seminar for Turkish judges TR<>EN

Via Campesina meetings, remote interpretation (VRI, Video Remote Interpretation), FR<>EN

OPI (Over the Phone Interpretation) for different American and Turkish companies EN<>TR


3-day study visit on bio-fuels production and quality and volatile organic compounds emissions monitoring  EN,FR<>TR   


Water Politics in Turkey (ECA Watch, European Parliament) EN<>TR                                           


Turkey: Energy for a Growing Economy (European Energy Forum) EN>TR


Launching of partnership between Castrol EDGE & Koenigsegg EN>TR

Coaltrans Conference 2013 EN>TR



Hospital Disinfection (Laboratoires Alios, ATI) TR<>FR

The Treatment Landscape for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes – Today and Tomorrow (Just Health Ltd.) EN>TR

Merck conference on animal health EN>TR



+15 Literary conferences at the Yunus Emre Foundation TR<>FR

Musical Instruments of Turkish Tasavvuf (Bozar) TR<>FR



     World Dealer Conference

     Business Meeting and Interaction Sessions

     Automobile launches


     Dealers' Events


     Launching of new models

Launching of partnership between Castrol EDGE & Koenigsegg



5-day training on laser engraving at Trumpf headquarters TR<>EN

5-day technical audit at veterinary vaccine factory FR, EN<>TR

Meeting between Turkish and Belgian diamond dealers TR<>EN

Meeting between TR agricultural engineer & wheat seed co.  TR<>FR                                                                                             

VetterTec / Moret Industries 2-day technology presentations EN<>FR

3 weeks at a stainless steel factory in France, installation of a new line and training of personnel TR<>FR


Galatasaray – Anderlecht football match, pre- and post interviews  TR<>FR



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