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As defined, EC branded Harmonised websites host specific content that answers a particular communication purpose.

Where possible we recommend the use of ECL components, while acknowledging that some sites in this category may have specific requirements. 

We have identified three groups of harmonised sites:

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Web information systems

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Event website

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Partnership websites 

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Network websites

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Campaign website

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Internal policy websites

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Blogs

Rules

Warning

By end of 2020, all Commission websites must implement the new design components.

Harmonised websites Group 1

Web information systems

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Definitions

Standardised websites

EC branded standardised websites host thematic content such as policies for which the owner DG/Agency is responsible.

Web information systems are permanent websites providing a user-friendly interface to generate,

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disclose and/or filter large, detailed amounts of data stored in different systems

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Network websites

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. These websites must also use the EC branded standardised websites design template.

It is mandatory to use the Europa Web Publishing Platform (EWPP) for the development of policy websites but optional when building a web information system.

Harmonised websites

EC branded harmonised websites host specific content that answers a particular communication purpose. Hamonised websites are:

Network websites: 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. 

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Internal policy websites

  • 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.

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The specific detailed rules for EC-branded core websites, are described in detail in the Harmonised group 1 template section of the ECL. 

Harmonised websites Group 2

Event website

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Event websites: websites advertising a specific or repeatedly occurring activity that is open to the public, organised and/or hosted by the European Commission. The website can be temporary and provide information about an event before, during and after it takes place. It can be complemented by a campaign. Event websites are only allowed for large and complex events that cannot be accommodated by the events content type.

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Campaign website

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Campaign websites: a temporary, online communication endeavour dedicated to promoting a single or several thematically linked activities, initiatives, services or products. The website may form the online part of a broader campaign, communicated by other channels such as print and social media.

Blogs

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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.

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The specific detailed rules for EC-branded core websites, are described in detail in the Harmonised group 2 template section of the ECL. 

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Partnership websites

  • Definition: A partnership website is a website where the European Commission is a cooperating partner in its creation but is not the sole owner of the information contained therein. It is a joint effort between the EC and non-EC partners in terms of concept, budget, management and maintenance and requires its own individual form of governance and custom style guides to accommodate possible co-branding.

Contact and support

If you require further assistance, please contact:

Comm Europa Management

European Commission
DG Communication 
Unit B.3 
Europa Web Communication 

Rules

The EC branded standardised and harmonised website uses the components of the Europa Components Library (ECL) as this template shows:

EC branded standardised and harmonised websites templates

Standardised websites templateHarmonised websites template

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EC branded standardised and harmonised anatomy table

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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. Class name

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6.Site name

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7. Menu

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Page header8.Breadcrumb

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9.Meta

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10.Page title

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11.Thumbnail

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12.Introduction

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Local footer13.Site name

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14.Content owner details

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15.Sitemap

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16.DG-related service navigation

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17.DG-related navigation

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18.Class names

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Corporate footer19.Site logo

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21.Service navigation

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22.Legal navigation

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Partnership websites 

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. As a result, the design is a based on an agreement between partners.

This category is an exception and there is no imposed design template. However, we strongly recommend to pay particular attention to:

  • the partnership website header: it is recommended to have the site name next to the partnership logo in the header
  • the partnership website footer: the logos of all partners including the European Commission should be displayed at the same level

Contact and support

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