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EU branded Harmonised websites

  • host general information about the EU in a specific area or for a targeted audience
  • are strongly aligned with the core site visual identity, look and feel (maximised alignment)



According to Europa domain rules, EU branded Harmonised websites are hosted on, in keeping with the Commission's rules on URL structure.


EU branded Harmonised websites are owned and managed by a DG/Agency, in line with the Europa Web Guide.

Site owners must

  • get DG Communication's approval before starting a web project
  • take responsibility for the content of their site(s)
  • ensure compliance with all applicable Europa Web Guide rules

Creation and revamp

Creation and revamp of EU branded Harmonised websites must be approved by DG Communication 'Europa Web Communication' (COMM B3) through the revamps and new websites procedure (EUlogin required).


The content must follow the writing guidelines and be translated according to the language policy.


EU branded Harmonised websites must follow general rules on logos and icons and EU branded specific design rules (under development).

They must comply with accessibility rules.


It is recommended to build EU branded Harmonised websites using the Europa Web Publishing Platform.

Legal aspects

EU branded Harmonised websites must comply with Privacy, security and legal notices.

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.