The European Commission presents its work through various widely-used social media channels.
Social media moderation policy of the European Commission
We invite you to contribute to conversations on our social media accounts and to share our content.
We are pleased to see different views and opinions expressed, but we will not accept comments that are either offensive in themselves or clearly offensive to other users.
We ask you to avoid inflammatory, insulting or offensive language. Please show respect to fellow users and the fundamental principles we all share. We say no to racism, no to xenophobia, no to discrimination based on religion, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, we accept no calls to violence and so on.
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Spam will not be tolerated. We reserve the right to delete all the comments that don't respect these guidelines.
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Data protection on social media
The European Commission uses social media to present its work through these widely used channels.
You can access the European Commission accounts on social media platforms directly from our website.
In order to protect your privacy, our social media buttons to connect to those services do not set cookies when our website pages are loaded on your device, nor you are immediately redirected to social media or other websites.
Each social media channel has their own policy on the way they process your personal data when you access their sites. For example, if you choose to watch one of our videos on YouTube, you will be asked for explicit consent to accept YouTube cookies; if you look at our Twitter activity on Twitter, you will be asked for explicit consent to accept Twitter cookies; the same applies for our presence on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Spotify.
If you have any concerns or questions about their use of your personal data, you should read their privacy policies carefully before using them.
The ideas and views expressed by the European Commission on social media are for information purposes only. No communication through social media shall be deemed to constitute legal or official notice on behalf of the European Commission.
Data protection privacy statement
Consult our data protection statement for social media.
Social media competitions
Upcycled Bags Competition – terms and conditions
The European Climate Pact, proposed by the European Commission within the European Green Deal, aims at bringing together regions, local communities, civil society, business and schools to inspire a behavioural change, from individuals to larger multinationals, and encourage people to take concrete actions for a more circular economy and a greener society.
In this context, the Upcycled Bags Competition organised by the European Commission Social Media & Visual Communication Unit aims at showing how we are truly making a change to become more sustainable and inspire EU citizens to do the same with old, unused items they could upcycle instead of throwing away. Recycling is good - not having to recycle is even better!
The bags that will be awarded in this competition are made of the previous banner displayed in the European Commission main building, the Berlaymont, in Brussels. The banner has been upcycled for the purpose of gaining a second life and not becoming accumulated waste.
This competition is a contest for everyone above 18 years old. The competition will be hosted on Instagram and Facebook from 24 February until 3 March 2020.
- The competition is open to everyone.
- Participants must be at least 18 years old.
- Participants must be a legal resident of one of the EU member States.
- Participants are required to use a valid and public Instagram profile in order be contacted afterwards and a valid Facebook profile.
- Participants must submit before & after pictures of an item that has been upcycled or given a second life, for example old furniture, old clothes, empty containers or plastic items.
- Participants must share the entries on Instagram via stories, feed posts and Direct Messages or via Facebook Messenger.
- Participants must include the dedicated hashtag of the Competition and tag the European Commission on these accounts.
- Each participant may submit unlimited entries to this competition.
- Shortlisted participants must accept the privacy statement and complete the consent form to be eligible for the competition and win their prize.
- The European Commission accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost, corrupted, or incorrectly submitted, howsoever caused.
- The European Commission will under no circumstance whatsoever irrespective of the cause therefore, be liable for any and all loss, harm, damage or personal injury to the winner or third parties nor to property or else, cost or expense whatsoever caused or suffered in connection with this competition.
- The Commission cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred by you in participating in the competition.
- Participants/ winners might be asked to show proof of their residency. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the competition.
- The competition submissions will open on 24 February 2020 at 14.00 CEST and close on 3rd March 2020 at 14:00 CEST.
- The winners will be contacted and sent the upcycled bag during the week of 9 March 2020.
- The evaluation criteria will be: adherence to competition Terms and Conditions and creativity and originality of the idea.
- The selection will be conducted by a jury composed of European Commission staff and/or chosen organisations on behalf of the European Commission on the basis of eligibility and entry criteria and will select the 50 strongest contributions. We will contact the 50 candidates and ask them to agree with the data protection privacy statement and these rules.
- During the competition, 50 upcycled bags made of the previous EU Commission’s banners will be made available as prizes. The bags will come in three different models and in different patterns/colours depending on the piece of banner used in the manufacturing.
- The winners will be asked to accept the Terms and Conditions of the competition and confirm they fulfil eligibility criteria. Once their approval is given, winners will be asked to share their info (name, an address in the EU, email and number) so we could send the prize to them.
- At no point will the European Commission or any other organisation operating on its behalf request any form of payment or purchase for participation in this competition.
- All participants are responsible for any costs or expenses incurred by them as a result of participation in the competition (including without limitation costs for accessing the Internet).
Acceptance of competition rules
- By submitting an entry to the competition participants agree to be contacted by the European Commission via Instagram, Facebook or by email.
- Winners must grant to give all rights of their material to the European Commission a permission for unlimited time and use of their material
- The European Commission reserves the right to amend or alter these terms and conditions at any time, without notice and undertakes to update them on the dedicated competition webpage. It is the participant’s responsibility to consult the terms and conditions regularly at the aforementioned address in order to be aware of any changes.
- Entries which fail to comply with these Terms and Conditions listed above may be disqualified without prior notification.
- Participants/ Winners who do not agree with the terms and conditions or with processing of their personal data or withdraw approval of the terms and conditions will automatically be disqualified, since we cannot save your entry and cannot include you in the list of entrants/ winners without agreement on the above terms and conditions of the competition.
- The European Union can use the entry, sublicence the use of the entry, where “use” means storing, reproducing, editing, modifying, creating derivative works, synchronising, performing, publishing, printing, displaying, broadcasting, making available, communicating to the public or otherwise making use of the entry, in both digital and material formats.
- Participants represent and warrant that they are the sole author and right holder of their content/work (other than the movie trailer extract) included in their entry (if any), and that they do not violate any copyright, right of privacy, image right, or any other right of any third party.
Plagiarism, which includes the unauthorised use of the language and thoughts of another author, and the representation of them as one's own, will result in disqualification.
- Participants can also confirm that all content is completely model released, meaning that all third parties that created or participated, in any way, to content creation have previously consented to the above use.
- Ask permission. In addition to owning the copyright, you declare that you have complied with all relevant laws (copyright, privacy rights etc.) in producing your photos and that you have obtained all necessary permissions. Bear in mind that this might include third party works (such as architectural designs, sculptures, photographs or trademarks) or image rights (if your photo depicts identifiable persons).
- Pay attention. Don't take images of private persons without their consent. No children should be recognisable in the photo.
- Stay safe. Don't be offensive. Do not put yourself or others in danger when making your entry.
- By submitting your entry, you grant the European Commission a non-exclusive, sublicensable, royalty-free, perpetual, world-wide licence to use the entry. You grant in particular the right to store, modify, publish, distribute, broadcast, communicate to the public on internet and social media and create new works with your entry, in any format, medium and language.
- The participant must also waive their right to be identified as the author of the entry for the purposes of the above-mentioned use (for example when published on social media).
- Any controversy concerning these Terms and Conditions shall be governed by the law of the European Union, complemented where necessary by the substantive laws of Belgium. In case any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or relating to the subject matter hereof cannot be settled amicably between the Participant and the European Union, it shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Brussels.
- This competition is being organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communication, Unit A1 (the Data Controller).
- All personal information gathered during competition, if any, (name, nationality, birthdate, postal address, email address, phone number, social media accounts) will be held by the Data Controller, the Data Processor or their trusted representatives and will only be used for the purpose of this competition. Your data will not by shared with third parties. The data will be held until 01 March 2021 and will then automatically be deleted.
- The European Commission is committed to personal data protection. Any personal data is processed in line with the Regulation(EU)2018/1725 . All personal information processed by the Directorate-General for Communication or its contractors is treated accordingly.
- In case you wish to verify which items of personal data are stored, have them modified, corrected or deleted, or if you have questions regarding the information processed in the context of this competition, or on your rights, feel free to contact the support team of the Data Controller at the following address: COMM-SOCIAL-MEDIA-TEAM@ec.europa.eu .
- If you remain unsatisfied, you can contact the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). The contact details, and details of data subject rights, are available on the EDPS website at: https://edps.europa.eu/ .
- In the event that a participant wishes to withdraw approval of the terms and conditions, they may contact the European Commission's Strategic Communication unit of the Directorate General for Communication at the following address: COMM-SOCIAL-MEDIA-TEAM@ec.europa.eu .
- In the event that a participant wishes to ask questions about the competition before or after applying, they may contact the competition Secretariat at the following address: COMM-SOCIAL-MEDIA-TEAM@ec.europa.eu .