Interinstitutional Editorial Committee (CEiii)
Interinstitutional Editorial Committee was created on the basis of recommendations from the Inter-institutional Internet Task Force to set up a permanent structure to coordinate the development of the institutions’ websites.
The committee works according to mandate proposed by the Task Force.
It is chaired by the Commission department responsible for EUROPA (DG COMM); it meets every six weeks.
Interinstitutional Editorial Committee deals with very varied subjects depending on political timeliness, technological development, etc.:
- the creation of permanent services, such as the Eur-Lex online in April 1998 (probably the most outstanding result of this cooperation),
- the development of EUROPA’s inter-institutional pages ("policies ", "institutions", "the EU in brief", "News"),
- the development of general editorial rules,
- databases and systems of common interest (the institutions’ press releases, Who’s who, the official EU directory, presentation of the institutions, "what' s new", etc.),
- the establishment of reliable and systematic links to the institutions’ and OP document databases (the committee is regularly informed of the work of the GIL, which follows all electronic publications of legislative texts),
- setting up reusable common bookshops (icons, geographical maps, etc.),
- standardising disclaimers and copyright notices,
- allocating level 3 addresses on "europa.eu",
- policy and codes of conduct for Internet accessibility,
- sharing experience on tools used,
- coordinating online promotion of important EU events, e.g. launch of the euro, European elections, etc.
The committee does not have either strict decision making authority or responsibility for managing or distributing a budget. It aims mainly to facilitate the exchange of information between institutions and to standardise as much as possible their practices on EUROPA, although these remain their own responsibility.