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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 (the Berlaymont building).

Rules

Use the logo in line with the European Commission Visual Identity guidelines.

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The European Union emblem, based on the flag, is a recognisable, element that is reassuring guarantees trustworthiness for users. 

Rules

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. 

Fraudulous use of the European visual identity

The European Commission will respond appropriately 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.

Other logos

Rules

No new logo can be created or used (apart from those on the list of logo exceptions (EU login required to access the list). To request for a logo exception, you need to send a well-justified request to the Unit responsible for visual identity (DG COMM A1). The request will reach the Secretary General and the Director-General of DG COMM, as domain leaders for external communication. After consulting DG COMM's visual identity team, they will take a decision by consensus.

If they allow the exception, the place for this logo is in the page header. The site header and footer must be compliant with the Europa Component Library and cannot hold any other logo but the EC or EU ones.

For more information on the use of logos on websites, please refer to the design rules and guidelines per site type. 

Icons

This section explains when and how to use icons. Icons are available from the Europa Components Library (ECL).

Rules

Apart from those representing commonly used functionalities, avoid using icons for the following reasons:

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Use Common icons covering functionalities (e.g. print, close, tweet) from the Europa Components Library (ECL).

Fraudulous use of the European visual identity

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.

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If you require further assistance on this topic?  Please contact the team in charge of Europa Domain Management (EU Login required).  Please contact COMM-VISUAL-IDENTITY@ec.europa.eu  or Comm Europa Management.