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Policy site

Site giving information on a specific policy for which the Commission is responsible (e.g. environment, health, agriculture ...)

 

Description

A "Policy" site deals with a specific area of activity for which the Commission is responsible (e.g. environment, health, agriculture ...).  Policy sites constitute the core of the Commission site. They are managed in a decentralised way by the web teams in the DGs. Policy sites present all the information on the given policy independent from the internal organisation of the Commission.

 

 
 

Example

Policy site: Energy

 
 

URL

  • http://ec.europa.eu/<policy>/index_xx.htm 
 
 

Recommended Technology

"Policy" sites should be constructed and maintained using the Commission's Corporate Web Content Management System.

 
 

Criteria

A "Policy" site should attach particular importance to the following criteria:

  • Although a policy site is always administered by the web team of one single DG, it must not be confused with a DG site. Even if one DG is clearly the leader, most of the Commission policies need close collaboration between several DGs and in some cases a particular policy can be co-managed by several DGs on an equal basis. Whatever the situation, a policy site should present all the information on the given policy independent from the internal organisation of the Commission. It should behave as a portal and contain all the links to the relevant subchapters on other policy sites. A policy site must present all the information. 
  • The latest information on the policy must be promoted prominently. Special attention must thus be given to the "Press releases" section. This is the minimum to be included on a policy site but it is advisable to go further and create a "News" page to provide the media with additional topical information (e.g. specialised newsletters, calendar of events, photos, videos, speeches and other multimedia material).