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Definition

As defined, EU branded harmonised websites host general information about the EU in a specific area and/or for a targeted audiencewide target audience, which does not need specific knowledge of the EU Institutions to navigate the site (in all EU official languages).

Rules

The EU branded harmonised  harmonised websites use the components of 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: 

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Global banner

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

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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

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Language select

Europa search

menu 

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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

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meta

breadcrumb

introduction

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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.

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EU branded harmonised websites anatomy table

SectionNo.componentHarmonised template

0.Global banner (provided by Webtools)

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Site header1.EC identity (logo)

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2.Login

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3.Language switcher

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4.Search form

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5.Site name

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6.Menu

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Page header7.Breadcrumb

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8.Meta

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9.Page title

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10.Thumbnail

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11.Introduction

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Local footer12.Site name

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13.Content owner details

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14.DG-related navigation

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Corporate footer15.Site logo

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16.Contact, social media and legal navigation

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17.EU institutions

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Contact and support

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