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

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Blogs: 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.

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.

Rules

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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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: 

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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

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Harmonised Group 1 site header

the harmonised site header 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

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European Commission logo linking to:

 https://ec.europa.eu/info

site name

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login

language select

Europa search form

class name

menu

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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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breadcrumb

meta

introduction 

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Harmonised Group 1 Footer

the harmonised footer should be on every page. It provides complementary information such as copyright, legal, privacy, social media, contact information and links to other important sections within the European Commission ecosystem. The footer is composed of mandatory and optional elements

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site name

content owner details

corporate name

service navigation

legal navigation

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DG- related service navigation

DG-related navigation

class names

Harmonised websites Group 2

Event website

  • Definition: an event website's sole purpose is to advertise 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.
  • Scope: events may have specific requirements.

Campaign website

  • Definition: 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

  • 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 template

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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: 

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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

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Harmonised Group 2 site header

the Hhrmonised site header 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 

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European Commission logo linking to:

 https://ec.europa.eu/info

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language select

Europa search form

menu

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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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page title

introduction

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meta

 breadcrumb


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Harmonised Group 2 Footer

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 EC ecosystem. All elements are mandatory

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corporate name

service navigation

legal navigation

Harmonised websites Group 3: Partnership websites

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EC branded standardised and harmonised anatomy table

SectionNo.componentStandardised templateHarmonised tempate

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.  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. 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.

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