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The Directorate-General for Translation translates texts for the European Commission into and out of the EU's 24 official languages, and a few others when needed. The department deals exclusively with written texts.


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The new call for tenders for translation services (50 language combinations) for the European Commission.

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Juvenes Translatores - The Winners

The European Commission congratulates the 27 young winners of its 16th Juvenes Translatores translation contest for secondary schools.

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Juvenes Translatores schools selected!

Congratulations to randomly selected schools for Juvenes Translatores 2022, an online translation contest for secondary schools in theEuropean Union.


  • translate laws, policy papers, reports, correspondence, etc. drafted by or sent to the Commission
  • help the Commission communicate with the public, thereby helping citizens understand EU policies
  • edit original documents drafted by Commission authors
  • advise Commission departments on language and on managing multilingual websites
  • ensure correct terminology in all official EU languages, as documented in the interinstitutional database IATE

Plans and reports

Commission work programme - overview of institution-wide deliverables for current year

Strategic plan - department strategy, objectives for 2020-2024

Management plan (TBA) - department forecasted outputs, activities, resources for current year

Annual activity report - department achievements, resources used during previous year

Leadership and organisation

Commissioner for Budget and Administration, European Commission
Johannes Hahn
2 MARCH 2023
Translation - Organisation chart
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