The Association

What is A.N.I.T.I ?

History

A.N.I.T.I., the Italian National Association of Translators and Interpreters, is a professional not-for-profit association founded in Milan on 27th April 1956 under the name S.N.I.T.I., the National Union of Translators and Interpreters, as evidenced in deed N°30984/502 by the Notary Public Tommaso Cucci which formalized the initial informal founding of the Union on 1st July 1951. The original offices were at Via P. Marocco 20, Milan. The common ground between the aims of the union- and association-based activities led to the name being changed to A.N.I.T.-S.N.I.T.I. on 1st January 1958. On 20th October 1972, the Association’s assembly appointed Professor Gustavo A. Dresbach as its General Secretary, transferring the offices to Via Lambrate 10, where they remain to this day. On 9th April 1978 the Association, which had long since defined its objectives, adopted its current name of A.N.I.T.I. A.N.I.T.I. today is one of the biggest Italian professional associations of translators and interpreters.

Aims

The Association promotes Italian legislative regulation of the translator/interpreter profession, and pursues more active recognition of the professionalism of its members. It works both at institutional level and within the sphere of its membership. It seeks clarification of the relationship between professional translators and translation agencies, and aims for correct, consistent regulation of the work of translators in the Courts and the recognition of fair remuneration.

Institutional activities

Following the decision of the Ministry of Justice of 4th October 2010, A.N.I.T.I. was registered as a representative association at national level as per Article 26 of Legislative Decree N°206 of 9th November 2007 concerning common platforms which, according to the definition to be found at Letter n) of Article 4 of the law in question, are “the set of criteria of professional qualifications that are able to overcome the substantial differences identified between the requirements regarding training that exist in the various member States for a certain profession…” A.N.I.T.I. is recognized by the C.N.E.L. as one of the Associations of Unregulated Professions. It is a member of Co.L.A.P., the Coordination of Free Professional Associations. A.N.I.T.I. is a member of the Lombardy Regional Council of the Professions. A.N.I.T.I. is a member of the UNI Working Group that led to the drafting of the EN 15038 Standard on translation services, in force since November 2006. The Association intends to continue to develop all necessary contacts with the Authorities, Courts and Professional Associations in order to achieve the above-mentioned aims.

Professionalism of the Members

A.N.I.T.I. requires all members to respect the Association’s Code of Conduct which, like the Statute, has been screened by the Italian Monopolies and Mergers Commission. It encourages its members to participate in the continuous training programme foreseen in the membership regulations, informing the members of suitable courses and sponsoring those that are most deserving. The Association welcomes young aspiring professionals who commit to the work placement trainee programme.

Advice for Members

The Managing Committee of the Association is backed up by a firm of chartered accountants and a law firm so as to respond in an adequate manner to queries of general interest raised through the A.N.I.T.I. website forum. On the same site, and via email messages, members are told of any news that is relevant to the profession. The two firms are also open to discussion of personal and/or confidential questions directly.

Promotion of the Association

A.N.I.T.I. promotes the Association at all levels, both internally and externally. It establishes contacts with language schools, interpreter schools and universities to explain translation work to future translators; it studies ways of presenting the Association, and also maintains contact with the members outside the annual assembly meetings by promoting recreational and professional opportunities both personally and via its website.