What is the European Language Industry Association (Elia)?

Elia is the first pan-European company-to-company association in the language industry. We are an umbrella professional organisation for translation, interpreting and localisation companies across Europe and beyond and aims to establish relationships with companies and related organisations from other parts of the world. Elia is committed to representing the best interests of its member companies in the European marketplace.

Elia is a non-profit Limited company, registered in the UK.

What is the difference between Elia and my National Association of Translation Companies and/or the EUATC?

Elia is the only European association that brings together translation companies from all over Europe and around the world, giving them an opportunity to communicate with each other directly rather than through a national association.

What is the European Union of Associations of Translation Companies (EUATC)?

The purpose of the EUATC is to unite the Associations of Translation Companies and to promote interaction and co-operation between these Associations, as well as protecting and encouraging the promotion of the translation and interpreting industry in all countries. It was established in 1994 and its members are national associations of translation companies. Source: EUATC website

If my company is a member of my National Association, can it also join Elia?

Sure you can! And we encourage you to do so.

If my company is located in a non-European country, can it join Elia?

Yes, as long as you are a translation company that meets the membership criteria you may join.

What is a translation company according to Elia’s definition?

An organisation that provides language services on a full-time basis to paying clients and employs two or more persons, owner included.

What are the different types of membership?

There are two categories of Elia membership:

  • Full Member: A Full Member shall meet all membership criteria, including quality guidelines. Full Members must be actively involved in the sale, marketing and provision of language services. They shall have full voting rights, the right to appoint representatives to serve on committees and as officers and directors of the Association and such other benefits as may be established by the Board of Directors.
  • Associate Members: Associate Members are Members who do not actively provide language services and/or who serve as vendors to language service companies and who wish to support the activities and objectives of the Association. Associate Members may include educational institutions and professional organisations with an interest in the field of translation and/or interpreting. Associate Members have no voting privileges but shall have such rights and benefits as may be established from time to time by the Board of Directors.

Can individuals join Elia?

No. Elia membership is open only to companies providing translation, localisation, internationalisation or globalisation products or services, including tools developers, training providers and consultancies.

How much does membership cost?

The annual membership fees for Full Members are €430 and for Associate Members €600. We make every effort to keep fees as low as possible. Membership is valid for 12 months from receipt of payment.

Will my company receive an invoice when it joins?

Yes. Upon receipt of payment you will become a member of Elia with the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of Elia membership for the next 12 months.

What do I have to do to renew Elia membership?

Prior to expiration of your 12-month membership period you will receive a proforma invoice. Upon receipt of payment your membership will be renewed and you can continue to access the full range of benefits available to Elia Members.

Is Elia VAT-registered?

Yes. Elia is fully registered and our VAT number is GB 1041 091 73.