Standardised template

As defined, the European Commission branded Standardised websites host thematic content detailing, for example, policies for which the owner DG/Agency is responsible. This is the default solution to host DG-specific content (policy) and is closely aligned with the core site, providing seamless navigation and visual consistency between the first levels of the core site and the DG-managed sites.


Anatomy of the standardised template
  • mandatory
  • optional
global bannerĀ 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
standardised site headeryes

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

  • European Commission logo
  • Language select
  • Europa search form
  • Class name
  • Site name
  • Menu
standardised page headeryes

the Standardised 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
standardised footeryes

the Standardised footer is present on every page. It provides supplementary information such as copyright, legal, privacy, social media, contact information and links to other important sections within the European Commission ecosystem. The footer is composed of mandatory and optional elements such as:

  • Local content
  • Corporate content

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


  • use for all new developments or newly developed sites


  • 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 creating or updating sites that are managed by a separate DG

When not to use

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