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As defined, EU branded harmonised websites host general information about the EU in a specific area and/or for a targeted audience.


The EU branded harmonised  websites use the components of the Europa Components Library (ECL) as this template shows:

EU branded harmonised websites template

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For EU branded harmonised websites, the Global Banner, the site header, the page header and the corporate footer are mandatory components. There could also be an optional customised footer. Inside each of these components, there are elements that are mandatory or optional as described in the table below: 


Global banner

The global banner is the official EU stamp; the content on Europa comes genuinely from the EU


Site header

EU Emblem

Language select

Europa search


Page header

page title





The footer should be on every page. It contains the corporate footer and customised footer. The corporate footer displays links providing information such as contact information, disclaimers, legal content, social media and the list of EC institutions under the EU emblem.

yesCustomised footer

The specific detailed rules for EC-branded core websites, are described in detail in the Europa family EU standardised section of the ECL

Contact and support

Need further assistance on this topic? Please contact the team in charge of Europa Domain Management (EU Login required)

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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.