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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.

For more information about the definition, governance and rules related to these sites, please read this guide’s section about EC branded websites.

The design rules are based on the 3 types of EC branded websites:

  1. Core website: hosts general information shared by many different websites or departments. It serves 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. DGs and executive agencies must use the Europa Web Publishing Platform (EWPP) to build a standardised website.
  3. Harmonised websites: host specific content that answers a particular communication purpose including, for example, campaigns and web information systems such as databases.


All EC-branded websites must follow the Europa Web Guide's rules and guidelines, specifically:

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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. More information about the web guide.