eTranslation is an online machine translation service provided by the European Commission (EC).
If you work in public administration in an EU country, Iceland or Norway, or in an EU institution or agency, you can use our product free of charge at least until the end of 2020. Apart from individual users, the MT service is also available to EC information systems and online services through an API.
eTranslation has been officially launched on 15 November 2017 and builds on the previous machine translation service of the European Commission - MT @ EC.
- high security - all data processed by the system stay within the Commission's firewalls and can't be seen by outsiders
- translates from and into any official EU language
- works best with texts on EU-related matters
- free of charge, at least until 2025, as the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF) evolves into the Digital Europe Programme (DEP)
Our machine translation service produces raw automatic translations. Use it to grasp the gist of a text or as the starting point for a human-quality translation. If you need a perfectly accurate, high-quality translation, the text still needs to be revised by a skilled professional translator.
- accepts the following formats: .txt, .doc, .docx, .odt,.ott, .rtf, .xls, .xlsx, .ods, .ots, .ppt, .pptx, .odp, .otp, .odg, .otg, .htm, .html, .xhtml, .h, .xml, .xlf, .xliff, .sdlxliff, .rdf, .tmx and pdf.
- detects the language of text longer than 30 characters
- can translate several documents into several languages in one go
- keeps the format of your original document (except for pdf, which returns as docx)
- offers 552 language pairs, covering all 24 official EU languages, Icelandic and Norwegian (Bokmål)
- emails translations to you, or stores them in your personal workspace for 24 hours
How to register
Staff working for EU institutions or agencies can directly access eTranslation with their EU Login (formerly ECAS) credentials and therefore do not need to register.
Staff working for a public administration in an EU country, Iceland or Norway have to:
- sign up for a personal EU Login account and password with your professional email address
- email email@example.com (from your professional email address) to let us know:
- that you have an EU Login account
- what your job involves (your position)
- which public administrative body you work for (your employer)
- your full e-mail signature with your contact details
We'll create your eTranslation account and notify you that you can start using the service. Individual accesses will be automatically deactivated after 12 months if not used.
From October 2016 onwards, public administrations in an EU country, Iceland or Norway can request to have eTranslation opened under their internet domain (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org). It allows officials with an email address of the domain to access the service. To enable this, email email@example.com with an official request from the administration's management.
By registering to use this application, you are consenting to eTranslation’s use of personal data as described below.
eTranslation records the login, time of access, languages requested, size of document submitted for translation and the domain of your email address (…@ec.europa.eu) to enable access to the service and processing of requests, as well as for statistical purposes. These are kept for 18 months and then archived.
If you choose to have your document returned by e-mail, your e-mail address will be kept until the document is sent. It will subsequently be reduced to its domain only. Users should exercise their judgement when submitting potentially sensitive documents to any online service, including eTranslation.
Documents submitted remain available for 24 hours after which they are deleted. There is a “delete after download” option which, if ticked, results in the text being deleted immediately after it is delivered.
Data will not be shared with third parties.
The official Data Protection Notification can be found hereShould you wish to raise any concerns on the eTranslation’s use of personal data please write to DGT-MT@ec.europa.eu
How to use it
If you work for a public administration or a EU institution or agency:
After logging in, select the type of translation you prefer:
- Translate documents - upload one or more documents (in one go, if you prefer)
- Translate text - type or copy and paste your snippet of text