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All European Commission websites must follow the rules laid down in the Europa Web Guide. 

Definitions

European Commission websites

European Commission websites are all websites owned by one of the European Commission departments (Directorates-General and Executive Agencies).

Website

A website is a collection of related web pages

    • sharing common characteristics (theme, navigation and visual aspects)
    • identified (internally and/or externally) by a site name
    • managed and communicated as a single entity
    • hosted on a specific instance of a web server

Site owner

As regards the European Commission (including executive agencies), the website owner is the service that does any of the following:

    • defines and implements the strategy for the site
    • holds direct financial responsibility* for the site
    • is accountable for the site

* EU institutions hold direct financial responsibility for a site, if the site is created through a call for tender or by internal means.
They are not considered directly financially responsible for a site if it is developed using EC funding or a grant.

Web page

A webpage is any content encoded in a hypertext formatted document (e.g. HTML). A webpage regroups web assets needed to convey an editorial message and the means to display it correctly.
We can identify two main types of webpages:

    • Static – a page where the HTML code is stored on the server in the form that it is delivered to the user. Static webpages typically have a unique URL for each page
    • Dynamic – a page that is assembled at the time it is requested. The same URL may display different content depending on user, time, location, etc 

Categories of European Commission websites

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  • for promotional purposes a ‘.eu’ web address can be reserved, and redirected to the website hosted on the ‘europa.eu’ domain. See Promotional and Short URLs
  • exceptionally, where a site is jointly owned with a third party, it may be hosted outside the ‘europa.eu’ domain. The address should be decided on with the third party, with preference given to the top-level domain ‘.eu’. DG Comm must validate this choice

Definitions

European Commission websites

European Commission websites are all websites owned by one of the European Commission departments (Directorates-General and Executive Agencies).

Website

A website is a collection of related web pages

    • sharing common characteristics (theme, navigation and visual aspects)
    • identified (internally and/or externally) by a site name
    • managed and communicated as a single entity
    • hosted on a specific instance of a web server

Site owner

As regards the European Commission (including executive agencies), the website owner is the service that does any of the following:

    • defines and implements the strategy for the site
    • holds direct financial responsibility* for the site
    • is accountable for the site

* EU institutions hold direct financial responsibility for a site, if the site is created through a call for tender or by internal means.
They are not considered directly financially responsible for a site if it is developed using EC funding or a grant.

Web page

A webpage is any content encoded in a hypertext formatted document (e.g. HTML). A webpage regroups web assets needed to convey an editorial message and the means to display it correctly.
We can identify two main types of webpages:

    • Static – a page where the HTML code is stored on the server in the form that it is delivered to the user. Static webpages typically have a unique URL for each page
    • Dynamic – a page that is assembled at the time it is requested. The same URL may display different content depending on user, time, location, etc 

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