The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) was established in 2005. It is an EU agency aimed at strengthening Europe’s defences against infectious diseases. The ECDC’s mission is to identify, assess and communicate current and emerging threats to human health posed by infectious diseases.
Frontex, the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders, was created as a specialised and independent body tasked to coordinate the operational cooperation between Member States in the field of border security. Frontex complements and provides particular added value to the national border management systems of the Member States. The Centre’s Maltese translators have prepared a glossary of important terms extracted from Frontex documents.
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is an advisory body of the European Union. It was established in 2007 by a legal act of the European Union. The FRA helps to ensure that fundamental rights of people living in the EU are protected. The FRA also informs people about their fundamental rights. In doing so, it helps to make fundamental rights a reality for everyone in the European Union. The FRA texts covered wide-ranging subjects. Therefore, a terminology project for FRA was launched by the terminology group.
The Agency was established to provide the EU Member States and the Commission with technical assistance in the fields of railway safety and interoperability. This involves the development and implementation of Technical Specifications for Interoperability and a common approach to questions concerning railway safety. The Agency's ’main task is to manage the preparation of these measures. Railway vocabulary is familiar to specialised communities only and is hard to come by outside the field.
A system for the protection of plant variety rights has been established by Community legislation. The system allows intellectual property rights, valid throughout the Community, to be granted for plant varieties. The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) implements and applies this scheme. In 2009 the Centre submitted a corpus of documents to the CPVO in order to extract the terminology, the whole project scheduled for completion in 2010.
The European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice will manage the sharing of data on security, visa applications, and asylum seekers' and illegal immigrants’ fingerprints. The IT systems managed by this agency include the second-generation Schengen Information System (SIS II), the Visa Information System (VIS) and EURODAC. The agency will also be responsible for the management of any other IT systems which might be developed in the area of freedom, security and justice in the future.
The EMCDDA was set up to provide the EU and its Member States with a factual overview of European drug problems and a solid evidence base to support the drugs debate. In 2009 the EMCDDA started work on the compilation of a major glossary, essentially with the aim of achieving consistency and an agreed common understanding of English terms, both in-house and within the National Focal Points.
An official European Union Regulatory Authority, the European GNSS Supervisory Authority manages all public interests relating to European GNSS programmes. GSA strategic objectives include the achievement of a fully operational GALILEO system. This includes the groundwork for a fully sustainable and economically viable system.