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Objective

As defined, EU branded harmonised websites host general information about the EU in a specific area and/or for a targeted audience.

Rules

The EU branded harmonised  websites use the components of the Europa Components Library (ECL) as this template shows:

EU branded harmonised websites template

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For EU branded harmonised websites, the Global Banner, the site header, the page header and the corporate footer are mandatory components. There could also be an optional customised footer. Inside each of these components, there are elements that are mandatory or optional as described in the table below: 


ComponentsMandatoryOption

Global banner

The global banner is the official EU stamp; the content on Europa comes genuinely from the EU

yesno

Site header

the harmonised site header should be on every page. It communicates the European Union brand and provides basic structure and guidance. The site header is composed of several mandatory and optional elements

EU Emblem linking to https://european-union.europa.eu

Language select

Europa search

menu 

Page header

the harmonised page header gives context and information to the user on what the page is about. It should be on every page, just below the site header, except for the homepage. The page header is composed of mandatory and optional elements

page title

meta

breadcrumb

introduction

Footer

The footer should be on every page. It contains the corporate footer and customised footer. The corporate footer displays links providing information such as contact information, disclaimers, legal content, social media and the list of EC institutions under the EU emblem.

corporate footer customised footer

Contact and support

Need further assistance on this topic? Please contact the team in charge of the Europa domainComm Europa Management.

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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.