Directorate-General for Translation


The Directorate-General for Translation ensures that Parliament's documents are available in all the official languages of the European Union, thus enabling Parliament to meet its commitment to the policy of multilingualism.

By directly enabling Parliament to practise multilingualism, the Directorate-General for Translation plays an integral role in protecting the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Union. It facilitates transparency, understanding and the exchange of views.

Its main tasks are:
  • translating documents out of and into the 24 official languages of the European Union, thus providing all EU citizens with immediate access to European texts in their own language and the opportunity to communicate with the institutions in their own language
  • supplying a translation service which ensures both quality and efficiency, keeping costs at an acceptable level
  • developing the appropriate IT tools and terminology databases to aid translators and integrating them into the workflow
  • revising documents translated outside Parliament and monitoring the quality of external translations
  • managing paid and unpaid translation traineeships.
Janet PITT

Born 6 January 1953

Studies: French and German language, literature, culture and history; linguistics, B.A. Honours Degree, University of Durham, UK
Postgraduate diploma in languages and commerce, Sheffield College of Further Education, UK

Professional experience
1976 - 1991 Translation Directorate, English Translation Division. Translator; from 1981: Reviser
1991 - 1997 Translation Directorate, Adviser to the Director of Translation
1997 - 2005 Secretary-General’s Private Office, Adviser on personnel matters
2005 - 2010 Directorate-General for Personnel, Director of Staff Administration
Since March 2010 Directorate-General for Translation, Director-General
Directorate A Director: Johannes VAN HOOF Directorate for Support and Technological Services for Translation
Directorate B Director: Valter MAVRIČ Directorate for Translation and Terminology
Directorate C Director: Bernadette LIGETI Directorate for Resources
European Parliament
Addresses and telephone numbers
  • Bruxelles - Brussels
  • rue Wiertz
    B-1047 Brussel
    Building: PHS 11B11
  • Central Switchboard
    Phone: + 32 / (0) 2 28 4 21 11
  • Luxembourg
  • Plateau du Kirchberg
    B.P. 1601
    L-2929 Luxembourg
    Building: KAD 07A001
  • Central Switchboard
    Phone: + 352 / 4300 1
  • Strasbourg
  • 1, avenue du Président Robert Schuman
    CS 91024
    F-67070 Strasbourg cedex
    Building: LOW 14055
  • Central Switchboard
    Phone: + 33 / (0) 3 88 17 40 01