Harmonised templates

On this page you will find information related to the EC branded Harmonised group 3 websites that host specific content that answers a particular communication purpose, in particular partnership websites.

A Partnership website is where the European Commission is a co-operating partner in its creation but is not the sole owner of the information contained therein. It is a joint effort between the EC and non-EC partners in terms of concept, budget, management and maintenance and requires its own individual form of governance and custom style guides to accommodate possible co-branding.


Anatomy of the harmonised template - group 3
  • mandatory
  • optional
global banner optionalthe 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. The global banner it’s only mandatory for sites under the europa domain.
harmonised site headeryes

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

  • partnership logo
  • site name
harmonised footeryesthe Harmonised footer is present on every page. It provides supplementary information about the partnerships

NOTE: On the Page body section, European Components Library (ECL) components are not mandatory.

Structural anatomy

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

gridrecommendedenhance visual consistency


  • 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

  • the Harmonised template must be used for all new development and can also be introduced on existing pages to replace a previous template, but this should be done on a site basis, not page by page

When not to use

  • do not follow these guidelines when you are updating sites that fall under the Core or Standardised category
  • do not follow these guidelines when you are updating sites that fall under web information systems, network or internal policy websites - use Harmonised Group 1 instead
  • do not follow these guidelines when you are updating sites that fall under events, campaigns or blogs - use Harmonised Group 2 instead