Since April this year, eTranslation, the European Commission’s free and secure machine translation (MT) service has been supporting participatory democracy. The MT service was integrated into the platform to support the Conference on the Future of Europe, allowing citizens from all across Europe to discuss their ideas and expectations on the future of Europe in any of the 24 EU official languages. Thanks to eTranslation, all Europeans have the chance to speak up and be heard, regardless of the language they speak.
At the same time, eTranslation brings multilingual support to many other projects, such as Joinup, the collaborative platform, set up 10 years ago by the European Commission to enable public administrations, businesses and citizens to share and reuse IT solutions and good practices, across Europe. The platform also provides support in finding, choosing, re-using, developing and implementing interoperability solutions for digital public services. As Joinup will be an integral part of the future offerings under the Digital Europe Programme, the platform is now integrating the CEF eTranslation building block, allowing users from the various countries to easily translate Joinup content live into a variety of languages. Already now, news and articles available on the platform can be translated with a simple click.
In total, eTranslation supports almost 100 projects from various fields, including Science and Technologies, Transport, Justice or Health. Prominent examples of such support include the online survey management system EU Survey as well as portals like Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) or the European Data Portal. In addition, the National Bank of Belgium started using eTranslation in early 2020, followed by the European Central Bank (ECB) at the end of 2020 – and if you haven’t noticed it yet: you can also translate all contents on the ELRC website by choosing your preferred language at the dropdown menu on the upper right!
For an overview on all the projects that are currently supported by eTranslation, have a look at the reuse dashboard here: https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/wiki/display/CEFDIGITAL/Reuse.