Core template

Core websites aim to minimise the duplication of content across the European Commission Services’ web presence and provide access to information in a user-friendly way. They host general information shared by many different websites or departments and serve as hubs for onward navigation to further thematic content and/or specific services such as web information systems.


Anatomy of core template
  • mandatory
  • optional
global banner yesthe Global banner is the official EU stamp that gives a visual indicator and easy access to EU institutions and bodies sites, guaranteeing the user visits an official EU website
core site headeryes

the Core site header is present on every page. It communicates the European Commission brand and provides basic structure and guidance. The header is composed of several mandatory and optional elements such as:

  • European Commission logo
  • Language select
  • Europa search form
core page headeryes

the Core page header gives context and information to the user on what the page is about. It is present on every page, just below the site header, except for the homepage. The page header is composed of mandatory and optional elements such as:

  • Breadcrumb
  • Meta
  • Page title
  • Introduction
core footeryesthe Core footer is present on every page. It provides supplementary information such as copyright, legal, privacy, social media, contact information and links to other important sites within the European Commission ecosystem.

NOTE: On the Page body section, when components are available, use components from ECL.

Structural anatomy

When designing the page, make sure to follow appropriate category guidelines available below in terms of structure and layout

gridyesenhance visual consistency
coloursyesuse only European Commission colour specifications available in the ECL
typographyyesapply the typographic guidelines available in the ECL
spacingyesapply spacing rules explained in the ECL
iconsoptionalwhere icons feature, use commonly-used icons from the ECL
imagesoptionalsee image guidelines in ECL


  • make sure the pages contain all the elements in the anatomy table above


  • do not replace pages only on existing websites as this will create visual inconsistencies, this must be done at a site level

When to use

  • when updating pages on the Core site (first three levels of

When not to use

  • do not follow these guidelines when you are updating sites that fall under the Standardised or Harmonised category