Standardised websites

EC branded standardised websites host thematic content such as policies for which the owner DG/Agency is responsible. Standardised websites are:

It is mandatory to use the Europa Web Publishing Platform (EWPP) for the development of standardised websites.

Harmonised websites

EC branded harmonised websites host specific content that answers a particular communication purpose. Hamonised websites are:

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 templateHarmonised websites template

EC branded standardised and harmonised anatomy table

SectionNo.componentStandardised templateHarmonised tempate

0.Global banner (provided by Webtools)

Site header1.EC identity (logo)

2. Login

3.Language switcher

(except monolingual websites)

  (except monolingual websites)

4.Search form

5. Class name

6.Site name

7. Menu

Page header8.Breadcrumb

  (except homepage)

  (except homepage)


10.Page title

 (except homepage)

 (except homepage)


 (requires introduction)

 (requires introduction)


Local footer13.Site name

14.Content owner details


16.DG-related service navigation

17.DG-related navigation

18.Class names

Corporate footer19.Site logo

20.Service navigation

21.Legal navigation

Partnership websites 

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:

Contact and support

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