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About IATE

IATE ('Interactive Terminology for Europe') is the EU's terminology database. The project was launched in 1999 with the aim of providing a web-based infrastructure for all EU terminology resources and enhancing the availability and standardisation of the information. Since the summer of 2004 IATE has been used in the EU institutions and agencies for the collection, dissemination and management of EU-specific terminology. In 2007 a public version of the site was launched, which enabled all EU citizens to search for specific terminology in any of the official languages. Every year IATE receives millions of queries, which can be internal or from the general public, direct or through other applications.

The current new version of IATE was released on 7 November 2018 following a full rebuild of the system with state-of-the-art technologies, the latest software development standards, best practices on usability and accessibility, and a new look and feel. Numerous improvements and new functionalities are now available to internal and public users, and the EU interinstitutional terminology database will continue to evolve in the coming months and years to meet the needs and wishes of EU linguists and IATE users in general.

The database is managed by a management group with representatives from the following institutions participating in the IATE project:
  • European Parliament (IATE data labelled as EP),
  • Council of the European Union (IATE data labelled as Council), 
  • European Commission (IATE data labelled as COM), 
  • European Court of Justice (IATE data labelled as CJUE), 
  • European Central Bank (IATE data labelled as ECB), 
  • European Court of Auditors (IATE data labelled as ECA), 
  • European Economic and Social Committee (IATE data labelled as EESC/CoR), 
  • European Committee of the Regions (IATE data labelled as EESC/CoR), 
  • European Investment Bank (IATE data labelled as EIB), and 
  • Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union (IATE data labelled as CdT)

The IATE Management Group meets several times a year; in these meetings the Directorate-General for Translation of the European Parliament is represented by the Terminology Coordination Unit.

The IATE website is administered by the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union in Luxembourg on behalf of the project partners. If you have any questions or feedback concerning IATE, please contact the Terminology Coordination Unit.