Content published on Europa – whether online versions of official documents or content adapted to the Web – must meet certain legal requirements.
- Legal and copyright notices are always necessary.
- Cookies require informed consent.
- Disclaimer for content adapted for the Web to state the liability of the EU.
- Data protection notice making explicit how any personal information collected from users will be used.
- All pages must conform to the Web Content Accessible Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, level AA.
Things to do
- Use the obligatory europa.eu or ec.europa.eu 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 COMM-COPYRIGHT@ec.europa.eu.
- 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.
SEC(1999)1410 (PDF - Word)
Sets out the specifications for the first two standard clauses and other specific clauses.
Annex to SEC(1999)1410 (PDF - Word)
Contains the texts in the other languages (not available when the document was published).
- Regulation 45/2001 on the processing of personal data[120KB].
Commission Decision (2011/833/EU) on the reuse of Commission documents
The current EC policy on re-use of European Commission documents.