We present an open architecture we have designed in a project for machine translation from Spanish into Basque based on rules. The main objective has been the construction of an open, reusable and interoperable framework which can be improved in the next future combining it with the statistical model. The MT architecture reuses several open tools and it is based on an unique XML format for the flow between the different modules, which makes easer the interaction among different developers of tools and resources. Being Basque a resource-poor language this is a key feature in our aim for future improvements and extensions of the engine. The result is an open source software which can be downloaded from
and we think it could be adapted to translating between other languages with few resources.