|Date||Summary of change||Page reference||Rule amended/created|
New model defined to ensure the coherence, relevance and cost-effectiveness of the Commission’s web presence and that its look and feel remains consistent and inspires confidence.
Depending on the type of content, two types of branding can be applied to European Commission websites: EU or EC branded. In addition, the model identifies three new categories of websites – core, standardised and harmonised. These new website categories have been created to match various communication objectives. Note that they come with their own design constraints.
|Categories of European Commission websites: branding and site categories||Yes|
|14.10.2019||Depending on their content, new websites and revamps will need to comply with the design constraints linked to their branding and site category.||Design rules and guidelines for the European Commission's websites||Yes|
|14.10.2019||In place of templates, the Commission has launched the Europa Component Library, which provides reusable design elements and visual standards for all EU and EC branded websites and web information systems. The components must be used following the specific design rules depending on site category.||Europa Component Library||Yes|
|14.10.2019||Use of the cookie consent kit is mandatory on each page of the European Commission web presence, regardless of the cookies used.||Cookies||Yes|
|14.10.2019||If required, websites must make use of Europa Webtools and cannot feature third party tools and services.||Third-party tools vs corporate tools and services||Yes|
|14.10.2019||When introducing a new website or revamp request, it is now mandatory to attach the opinion of your DG’s IRM or IT portfolio manager, along with the approval of the Head of Communication unit. The new request form is available on Revamps and new websites - Restricted.||Revamps and new websites request procedure||Yes|
|14.10.2019||Alignment of rules with the new Web Accessibility Directive, including update of reference standard from WCAG 2.0 (AA) to WCAG 2.1 (AA). New sections added on: uploading documents; automated accessibility checking tools; writing an accessibility statement; and content that is exempt from the Directive. New accessibility checklist for content creators available.||Accessibility||Yes|
|14.10.2019||A comprehensive guide on the procedures to follow when adding or editing content on the European Commission’s main website (ec.europa.eu/info).||European Commission website content governance||Yes|
|19.12.2019||Linking overview page - inserted clarification - "always specify, with an icon or a label, that the link points to an external site (i.e. a website not under the europa.eu domain)"||01. Linking overview||No|
|20.12.2019||Uploaded new web request form (v.12-19) on three pages||No|
|24.1.2019||Added Training videos on Accessibility page to Accessibility section of guide||01. Training videos on accessibility||No|
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.