To make this site work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device. Most big websites do this too.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website stores on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. The purpose is to enable the site to remember your preferences (such as user name, language, etc.) for a certain period of time. That way, you don’t have to re-enter them when browsing around the site during the same visit. Cookies can also be used to establish anonymised statistics about the browsing experience on our sites.

How do we use cookies?

We only use a persistent cookie to remember your language selection and to collect anonymised user statistics. Besides this, we have a number of session cookies. These ones are deleted when you close your browser. Furthermore, the ESCO forum uses several technical cookies which are required for its functioning.

The specific cookies are:

Visitor preferences cookies

NameServicePurposeCookie type and duration
 eu_cookie_consentCookie consent kitStores your cookie preferences (so you won’t be asked again)First-party session cookie deleted after you quit your browser
 escoLanguageLanguage settingsStores your language preferences (so you won’t have to modify it during a next visit)First-party cookie deleted after one week

Technical cookies

NameServicePurposeCookie type and duration
 JSESSIONID / CFID / CFTOKENJava IT platform / Coldfusion IT platformMaintain a secure session for you, during your visit.First-party session cookie, deleted after you quit your browser

Vanilla / Vanilla-Vv / Vanilla-sid / Vanilla-tk

ESCO forum based on Vanilla Forum open source softwareMaintains your login and operations on the ESCO ForumFirst-party cookies with various lifetime: sid/tk - Session; Vv - One day; Vanilla - One month

Analytics cookies

NameServicePurposeCookie type and duration
_pk_id#Corporate web analytics service, based on Matomo open source softwareRecognises website visitors (anonymously – no personal information is collected on the user).First-party persistent cookie, 13 months
_pk_ses#Corporate web analytics service, based on Matomo open source software

Identifies the pages viewed by the same user during the same visit.

(anonymously – no personal information is collected on the user).

First-party persistent cookie, 30 minutes

How to control cookies?

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish - for details, see

  • Removing cookies from your device: You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited. Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences).
  • Managing site-specific cookies: For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, you can accept or refuse the cookies using the banner on top of the page.
  • Blocking cookies: You can set most modern browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device ("Do Not Track"), but you may then have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site/page.
  • Managing our analytics cookies: You can manage your preferences concerning cookies from Europa Analytics on the dedicated Europa Analytics page.