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Purpose

The Europa Web Publishing Platform is the Drupal-based corporate content management system for European Commission websites.

The platform has been designed to reduce development costs and time by providing the most commonly needed features for Commission websites.

Guidelines

  • Standardised sites
    • the use of the Europa Web Publishing Platform is in general mandatory for new projects
    • for already existing projects the situation will be analysed on a case by case scenario during the transition to the new version of the Europa Web Publishing Platform
  • Harmonised sites
    • use of the Europa Web Publishing Platform is recommended for all content based websites (excluding Web information systems)

Exceptions can be granted and DG Communication Europa Web Communication (COMM B3) unit will help to identify the most appropriate corporate tool or service to meet the needs of the requestor.

Versions

A version based on Drupal 7 is currently used in production and active maintenance, though with minimal development. A version based on Drupal 8 is under active development and has been in production since 29 April 2019.

For information on the transition from the old platform version to the new version, please refer to the D8 transition project section.

Platform management

The Europa Web Publishing Platform is owned by DG Communication (business owner) and developed by DG Informatics (service provider).

Costs related to the use of the platform

To make use of the Europa Web Publishing Platform and its related services, you must pay an annual service fee per website.

The details of the costs and services associated with each website are laid down in a Memorandum of Understanding between the three parties concerned:

  • the DG owning the website as service requestor
  • DG Communication as business owner of the Europa Web Publishing Platform
  • DG Informatics as service provider

For more details, please see the cost model for the hosting services and the service level agreement.

Read more on the Europa Web Publishing Platform.

Contact and support

If you require further assistance, please contact:

Comm Europa Management

European Commission
DG Communication 
Unit B.3 
Europa Web Communication 



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The Europa Web Guide is the official rulebook for the European Commission's web presence, covering editorial, legal, technical, visual and contractual aspects.
All European Commission web sites must observe the rules and guidelines it contains.
Web practitioners are invited to observe its contents and keep abreast of updates. More information about the web guide.