In 2016, the European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly launched the first Award for Good Administration, aiming to recognise initiatives, projects and other types of work by the EU administration with “a visible and direct positive impact on the lives of people in Europe and beyond”1. And guess which service has been nominated this year? It’s eTranslation!
Striving for a Europe without language borders, eTranslation helps citizens all across the EU to communicate and share information. As you already know from our last newsletter edition, eTranslation does not “only” facilitate multilingual communication for European public administrations and SMEs: The machine translation (MT) service also enables participatory democracy during the “Conference on the Future of Europe” and supports almost 100 projects in a variety of fields. In addition, it is currently being integrated into the official EU website and supports Europeans during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing them with up-to-date information about the travel restrictions in their languages on the Re-open EU Portal.
The European Commission’s free machine translation service has now been nominated for the third biennial ‘Award for Good Administration’ in the EU institutions. While the winners will be selected by the European Ombudsmann, there will also be an award based on a public vote for the very first time. And this is where you can help: If you think that eTranslation is a useful tool to support your business – and multilingualism in the EU, you can support the MT service by voting for it here until Sunday, 24 June 2021.
The digital ceremony for the European Ombudsman "Award for Good Administration" will take place on 24 June from 10:00 to 11:30 am CEST at the European Parliament in Brussels. The event will be webstreamed here.
Vote for eTranslation here: https://enonet.eu/survey/index.php/365258!