EC branded standardised websites host thematic content such as policies for which the owner DG/Agency is responsible. Standardised websites are:
- DG websites: the main entry point describing a DG's or an executive agency's work around policy and their daily activity.
- Web information systems: permanent websites providing a user-friendly interface to generate, disclose and/or filter large, detailed amounts of data stored in different systems.
It is mandatory to use the Europa Web Publishing Platform (EWPP) for the development of standardised websites.
EC branded harmonised websites host specific content that answers a particular communication purpose. Hamonised websites are:
- Network websites: websites or platforms set up and managed by the European Commission (as a service provider) to encourage and facilitate interaction among a specific, non-EC target audience.
- Event websites: websites advertising a specific or repeatedly occurring activity that is open to the public, organised and/or hosted by the European Commission. The website can be temporary and provide information about an event before, during and after it takes place. It can be complemented by a campaign. Event websites are only allowed for large and complex events that cannot be accommodated by the events content type. See SCIC tools available for registration.
- Campaign websites: a temporary, online communication endeavour dedicated to promoting a single or several thematically linked activities, initiatives, services or products. The website may form the online part of a broader campaign, communicated by other channels such as print and social media.
- Blogs: regularly updated websites dedicated to publishing general features and news items about specific European Commission activities, from an individual perspective or via a corporate (DG/Agency-managed) newsletter/magazine.
- Communities: virtual community with its own members sharing content on a comment topic. Check DIGIT's solution for online communities: Europa Community Platform (ECP SaaS, the version of Open Social for the EC).
- Databases: a structured set of data made public through a website.
- Web tools and applications: a software application that runs in a web browser and is made available to users with an active network connection.
It is optional to use the Europa Web Publishing Platform (EWPP) for the development of harmonised websites.
The EC branded standardised and harmonised website uses the components of the Europa Components Library (ECL) as this template shows:
EC branded standardised and harmonised websites templates
|Standardised websites template||Harmonised websites template|
EC branded standardised and harmonised anatomy table
|Section||No.||component||Standardised template||Harmonised tempate|
|0.||Global banner (provided by Webtools)|
|Site header||1.||EC identity (logo)|
(except monolingual websites)
(except monolingual websites)
|Local footer||13.||Site name|
|14.||Content owner details|
|16.||DG-related service navigation|
|Corporate footer||19.||Site logo|
When the European Commission shares the ownership of a website with one or several non-EU institution(s), it is a partnership website. The European Commission and its partners co-decide on the content and cooperate in terms of budget, maintenance and management of the website. As a result, the design is a based on an agreement between partners.
This category is an exception and there is no imposed design template. However, we strongly recommend to pay particular attention to:
- the partnership website header: it is recommended to have the site name next to the partnership logo in the header
- the partnership website footer: the logos of all partners including the European Commission should be displayed at the same level
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