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Types of websites

Official websites of the EU must always be part of the domain. Sites managed by the Commission can belong to:

  • the institution-independent domain: sites which mission and content go beyond the activities of one single EU institution, or covers a policy, activity or campaign which is common to the different EU institutions and bodies.
  • the Commission domain sites which provide information or services related to the activities of the Commission's Directorates-General.

The inventory of EUROPA websitesRestricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user. lists all the sites managed by the Commission specifying the URL, the manager and much other information for each site.

These websites can be divided into several categories:

  1. Generic sites
  2. Organisation oriented sites

All websites on EUROPA must follow the rules described in this Information Providers Guide (IPG). Particular attention should be given to the following basic rules:

  • Sites have to use the standard templates, either the Interinstitutional template or the  Commission's template.
  • Certain elements concerning legislation, statistics, press releases, publications, relevant Directorate(s)-General, policies, etc. should be present:
    • For "legislation", link to EUR-Lex
    • For "press releases", link to RAPID
    • For "statistics" link to EUROSTAT
    • For "publications", link to OP
    • For "DG" site, link to the sites of the DG(s) managing the thematic site (<dg_name>/index_xx.htm)
    • For general EU information on the policy, link to interinstitutional page (<policy>/index_en.htm)
  • Its content has to be available in all official languages or as many of the official languages as possible; if not, the reason(s) why should be clearly explained somewhere in the site.
  • The purpose and the target audience(s) of the site have to be specified on the home page or on a page at the highest/entry level of the site.
  • The site has to be structured by subject in an intuitive and user-friendly way.
  • All names of folders and files have to be in English and in lower case.
  • The language of each page has to be indicated as per relevant template.