Directorate-General for Translation (DGT)

This Directorate-General translates written texts into all official EU languages for the European Commission i. It assists and improves the diversity of languages within the EU and helps to bring the policy of the EU closer to citizens, thereby increasing legitimacy, transparancy and efficiency of the EU.

The Directorate-General for Interpretation (SCIC) i is responsible for providing translation of meetings, conferences and other events.

Our main function is to:

  • translate laws, policy papers, reports, correspondence and other written texts drafted by or sent to the Commission
  • help the Commission communicate with the public in all EU official languages
  • edit original documents drafted by Commission authors, who routinely write in languages other than their own
  • advise other Commission departments on linguistic matters and on managing multilingual websites.


Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 2 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
04.07.2019  Union institutions’ progress towards the implementation of the gradual reduction of the Irish language derogation.
Report com(2019)318
06.06.2005  Experience acquired in the work carried out pursuant to Council Regulation 1172/98 on statistical returns in respect of the carriage of goods by road.
Report com(2005)242


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 1 laws or other legal instruments of the Council and the European Parliament, previously proposed by this Directorate-General, which are currently being implemented by the member states.
Date Title
27.04.1995  Amendment of Council Regulation 2965/94 setting up a Translation Centre for bodies of the EU.
Regulation com(1995)125