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The Design rules have been defined with 3 objectives in mind:

  • provide web sites users with a coherent user experience
  • address the specific needs of some types of communication, such as campaigns or events
  • define a clear governance model for the organisation

They are based on the 3 types of EC branded websites:

  1. Core websites: host general information shared by many different websites or departments. They serve as hubs for onward navigation to further thematic or specific content.
  2. Standardised websites: are separate technical instances that host thematic content detailing, for example, policies for which the owner DG/Agency is responsible.
  3. Harmonised websites: host specific content that answers a particular communication purpose including, for example, campaigns and web information systems such as databases.

Rules

By end of 2020, all Commission websites must implement the new design components.

All EC-branded websites must



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The Europa Web Guide is the official rulebook for the European Commission's web presence, covering editorial, legal, technical, visual and contractual aspects.
All European Commission web sites must observe the rules and guidelines it contains.
Web practitioners are invited to observe its contents and keep abreast of updates. Read more.