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Legal requirements

Content published on Europa – whether online versions of official documents or content adapted to the Web – must meet certain legal requirements.


Things to do

  • Use the obligatory or templates. These contain the general legal notice. After identifying what types of content will appear on the website, choose any specific legal notices/disclaimers that need to be inserted.
  • Think about who will manage requests from third parties to reproduce content/pages from your site. If there is no one available in your local team or DG, provide a mechanism to forward all such requests to
  • If you want to publish content that your Unit/DG has not produced itself, check its copyright status first. If the content was produced outside the European institutions, check that it is free of copyright before using it, otherwise acquire copyright clearance.
  • If linking to external sites, include a specific disclaimer for content not provided directly by EUROPA.

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