The Design rules have been defined with 3 objectives in mind:

They are based on the 3 types of EC branded websites:

  1. Core websites: host general information shared by many different websites or departments. They serve as hubs for onward navigation to further thematic or specific content.
  2. Standardised websites: are separate technical instances that host thematic content detailing, for example, policies for which the owner DG/Agency is responsible.
  3. Harmonised websites: host specific content that answers a particular communication purpose including, for example, campaigns and web information systems such as databases.


By end of 2020, all Commission websites must implement the new design components.

All EC-branded websites must