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  • Definition: network websites are websites or platforms set up and managed by the European Commission (as a service provider) to encourage and facilitate interaction among a specific, non-EC target audience. 
  • Scope: network network websites follow design principles close to those for core and standardised sites. 

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  • Definition: websites providing information on internal working methods of the EU institutions, standards and guidelines. Resources for institutions’ employees, partners and service providers.
  • Scope: internal policy websites follow design principles close to those for core and standardised sites.

Harmonised websites Group 1

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For Harmonised websites Group 1 the Global Banner, the site header, the page header and the footer are all mandatory components.  Inside each of these components, there are elements that are mandatory or optional as described in the table below: 

ComponentsMandatory elementsOptionOptional elements

Global Banner

the Global banner is the official EU stamp that gives a visual indicator and easy access to EU institutions and bodies sites, guaranteeing the user visits an official EU website

yesno

Harmonised Group 1 site header

the Harmonised site header is present should be on every page. It communicates the European Commission brand and provides basic structure and guidance. The site header is composed of several mandatory and optional elements such as:

European Commission logo

  • Login
  • Language

    site name

    login

    language select

    Europa search form

    Class

    class name

  • Site name
  • Menu
  • yesno

    menu

    Harmonised Group 1 page header

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

  • Breadcrumb
  • Meta
  • Page

    page titleIntroduction

    breadcrumb

    yes

    meta

    no

    introduction 

    Harmonised Group 1 Footer

    The standardised

    he Harmonised footer should be on every page. It provides

    supplementary

    complementary information such as copyright, legal, privacy, social media, contact information and links to other important sections within the European Commission ecosystem.

    yesno

    The footer is composed of mandatory and optional elements

    site name

    content owner details

    corporate name

    service navigation

    legal navigation

    DG- related service navigation

    DG-related navigation

    class names

    Harmonised websites Group 2

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    • Definition: regularly updated websites dedicated to publishing general features and news items about specific European Commission activities, from an individual perspective or via a corporate (DG/Agency-managed) newsletter/magazine.

    Harmonised websites Group 2

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    For Harmonised websites Group 2, the Global Banner, the site header and the footer are mandatory components. The page header is the only optional component. Inside each of these components, there are elements that are mandatory or optional as described in the table below: 

    ComponentsMandatory elementsOptionOptional elements

    Global Banner

    the Global banner is the official EU stamp that gives a visual indicator and easy access to EU institutions and bodies sites, guaranteeing the user visits an official EU website

    yesno

    Harmonised Group 2 site header

    the Harmonised site header is present should be on every page. It communicates the European Commission brand and provides basic structure and guidance. The site header is composed of several mandatory and optional elements such as:elements 

    European Commission logo

    Language

    language select

    Europa search form

  • Menu
  • yesno

    menu

    Harmonised Group 2 page header

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

  • Breadcrumb
  • Meta
  • Page

    page title

    Introduction

    introduction

    yes

    meta

    no

     breadcrumb

    Harmonised Group 2 Footer

    The standardised

    the Harmonised footer should be on every page. It provides supplementary information such as copyright, legal, privacy, social media, contact information and links to other important sections within the

    European Commission

    EC ecosystem.

    yesno

    All elements are mandatory

    corporate name

    service navigation

    legal navigation


    Harmonised websites Group 3

    Partnership websites

    Definition:

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    The specific detailed rules for EC-branded core websites, are described in detail in the Harmonised group 3 template section of the ECL. when the European Commission shares the ownership of a website with one or several non-EU institution(s), it is a partnership website. The European Commission and its partners co-decide on the content and cooperate in terms of budget, maintenance and management of the website.  

    It is mandatory to use the Harmonised websites Group 3 site header with the site name as the only mandatory element and the Harmonised websites Group 3 Footer. It is recommended to keep all logo(s) at the same level, either in the header or the footer of the website.

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