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

The design for the EU branded websites aims at providing the European Institutions with a template that is flexible, adapts to different communication purposes (campaign, forum, initiatives etc.) and is recognisable in its look and feel so that the audience knows they are visiting a website owned by the European Institutions.

There are two different type of EU branded websites:

  • The EU branded core also known as the inter-institutional EU website: the official website of the European Union. It is a good starting point if you are looking for information and services provided by the EU but you do not know your way around our sites.
  • The EU branded harmonised websites: cover a policy, activity or campaign, which is either institution neutral or common to the different EU institutions and bodies.


All EU branded websites must:

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