The purpose of generic sites is to provide information and ensure communication in the relevant field within a coherent and stable framework independent of the Commission's administrative structure.
Generic sites are created to offer the visitor a user and task oriented view on the activities of EU in general and the Commission in particular. Every generic site is managed by a leader who is responsible for designing the contents of the site in accordance with the rules laid down in the IPG, and for ensuring that information is regularly updated. The leader has overall responsibility for editorial quality (updating, coherence, multilingualism, graphics, etc.) and the technical aspects of the site. He ensures that the site is easily accessible on EUROPA.
Generic sites are directly accessible from the following pages:
- the interinstitutional "policy" pages on EUROPA
- the policies index of the Commission's site
- the alphabetical index of the Commission's site
- the home pages of the Directorates-General concerned by the subject, service or audience (ec.europa.eu/dgs/< DG name>/index_xx.htm)
If information on the generic site emanates from several DGs, the leader coordinates design and updating through a steering committee which he convenes as often as required. All the originating DGs take an active part in the committee's work. The committee also comprises a member of the EUROPA team in DG Communication. The members of the steering committee are appointed by their own DG.
The EUROPA Editorial Committee (EEC) grants every generic site leader the necessary powers vis-à-vis the other participating DGs. Each leader regularly reports back to the EEC on the current state of its site. Leaders are free to decide whether site management will be centralised (which ensures better coherence but involves a considerable workload for the leader) or decentralised (requiring close coordination by the leader between the various units involved).