EU institutions translators' rates
Thread poster: Savina N Savova

Savina N Savova
Member (2011)
English to Bulgarian
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Aug 10, 2011


Does anybody know what is the current rate for freelance translation for EU institutions(Court, Commissions, etc.) per 1500 characters excl. spaces?

Thank you in advance.

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Paul Skidmore  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:13
German to English
Determined by market forces Aug 10, 2011

In my experience, there is no "current rate". In the context of various public procurement exercises, service providers (translators) offer to provide their services at various different rates.

I remember seeing a public document which indicated that the rates paid by the Community institution concerned (I think it was the Commission) ranged (roughly) from EUR 20 to EUR 60 per page of 1500 chars depending on the language combination involved.

HTH Paul

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tinageta  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:13
English to Latvian
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Price ranges Aug 10, 2011

Price ranges for closed tenders (EC DGT) can be found here:

However, with the price range being from 7 to 63 eur per page, this information is not very useful.

[Edited at 2011-08-10 19:45 GMT]

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Silvia D'Amico  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:13
English to Italian
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Court of Justice Sep 8, 2011


It is very common that the European Court of Justice would pays EUR 40 per 1500 char. Other institutions, such as the European Parliament, do not deal with individual freelance translators but with translation companies, which will pay their freelancers MUCH less (EUR 15-20) even if technically they still translate for the EU institutions.


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Local time: 11:13
Spanish to English
What I get Sep 9, 2011

About EUR 30 per c. 220-250 word page for an EU contractor. So about EUR 120-140 per thousand words.

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French to English
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To sailing shoes - direct client? May 23, 2012

To sailing shoes - is the rate you mention for working for an agency that works for an EU institution or for working directly for an EU institution?


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