EU branded harmonised websites:
The EU branded harmonised websites align strongly with the inter-institutional website’s look and feel.
As far as the Commission is concerned, all the content on EU branded harmonised websites is under the responsibility of one or more Commission Departments.
All requests for a new URL name is subject to approval. The DG's web team or communication unit must initiate the revamps and new websites procedure and send a Web Request Form to Comm Europa Management.
Moreover, website owners must:
EU branded websites are independent from the inter-institutional website and have their own architecture. However, it is strongly recommend aligning with its breadcrumbs structure:
Usability testing has proven that it is better to put the label 'Home' rather than the name of the site because it is:
To be identified as a member of the Europa family, the EU branded sites must align with the EU branded harmonised website design, follow general rules on logos and icons and comply with accessibility rules.
We recommend building EU branded harmonised websites using the Europa Web Publishing Platform, the corporate web development platform that ensures IT security to all websites and provides components that are already compliant with the rules from the Europa Web Guide.
EU branded harmonised websites must comply with Privacy, security and legal notices.
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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.