The European Commission website is the core website of the EC branded web presence.
It hosts general information shared by many different websites or departments and serves as a hub for onward navigation to further thematic or specific content.
The European Commission website is composed of 3 different entities
DG Communication is responsible for the presentation, daily maintenance, and longer-term planning of the political websites.
The Europa Web Communication Unit in the Directorate-General for Communication (COMM B3) is the owner of this website and is responsible for the management of the site as the container of the content, the editorial coordination, its design, technical maintenance, longer-term planning, as well as daily maintenance on levels 0-3. From level 4 onwards, various Commission services are responsible as content owners. For core and horizontal content, special arrangements may apply among several content owners, usually representing central services. More details can be found in the ARES note on the Commission’s core site governance.
high-level contextual content
access to detailed information on policies, funding, legislation, etc...possibly hosted on other websites
A web team in DG Communication Europa Web Communication (COMM B3) unit, in collaboration with the decentralised teams in the DGs and agencies, is responsible for the presentation, daily maintenance, and longer term planning of the European Commission website.
This website is owned by DG Communication. Its content is co-managed by DG Communication and DGs to level 3 of the website's architecture.
DGs are the data controller and responsible for content and data. DG COMM is responsible for the corporate tools it owns.
A specific governance applies for content hosted on the Europan Commission website.
They must comply with accessibility rules.
Core websites must be built using Europa Web Publishing Platform.
Core websites must comply with Privacy, security and legal notices.
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.