The visual identity gives the European Commission a recognisable and coherent image. A full manual on the EC’s visual identity is available. It sets out the basic principles. Guidance for agencies and partners is also available.The EC visual identity is constructed around the European Commission's logo. This logo is based on 2 key elements: the European flag and a graphic element inspired by the headquarters of the European Commission.
Use the logo in line with the European Commission Visual Identity guidelines.
Third parties may only use the European Commission logo where:
To request permission for the use of the European Commission's logo, please email the unit responsible for visual identity.
The European Union emblem, based on the flag, is a recognisable element that is reassuring for users.
Use the European Union emblem in line with the Graphics guide to the European emblem (Publications Office).
For more details please consult the Guidelines on how to use the EU emblem.
For more information on the use of logos on websites, please refer to the design rules and guidelines per site type.
This section explains when and how to use icons. Icons are available from the Europa Components Library (ECL).
Apart from those representing commonly used functionalities, avoid using icons for the following reasons:
Do not use icons to replace labels or navigation items.
Use Common icons covering functionalities (e.g. print, close, tweet) from the Europa Components Library (ECL).
The European Commission will take appropriate measures should a third part misuse the European Commission logo, the European Union emblem or make inappropriate use of the banner of any Commission website including the European emblem or the denomination European Commission, EU or European Union.
If you witness such case of misuse or use of a visual identity that is so close to the one of the EC or of the European Union that this company may appear to be part of our organisation, please contact EC-EU-EMBLEM@ec.europa.eu and COMM-VISUAL-IDENTITY@ec.europa.eu immediately.
If you require further assistance on this topic? Please contact the team in charge of Europa Domain Management (EU Login required).
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.