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Specific Privacy Statement

Erasmus + and Creative Europe Project Results Platform are the electronic platforms for the dissemination and exploitation of results of projects funded by the Education and Culture Directorate-General (DG EAC). The new Dissemination and exploitation platform will offer a comprehensive overview of all projects funded under the new Erasmus+ and Creative Europe programmes as well as of some projects funded under the previous programmes (Life Long Learning, Youth in Action, Culture…).

The relevant legal bases are:
- the regulation No. 1288/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing 'Erasmus+': the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport and repealing Decisions No. 1719/2006/EC, No. 1720/2006/EC and No 1298/2008/EC
- the Regulation No. 1295/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing the Creative Europe Programme (2014 to 2020)

For what ends will the data be used?

The data will be used to give information about projects financed by European Commission programmes in the fields of education, training, youth, sport, culture and audiovisual.

What sort of information is collected?

Information about the projects, such as:

  • contact details for the contractor and his partners: address, telephone number, fax, e-mail, url.
  • professional information about the contact person in the contracting organisation: name, first name, e-mail
  • other specific information, such as the project target group, the duration of the project…

Information on the project results

Only the contractor inserts information relevant to the results of the project that he wishes to be available to interested parties.
Results manually uploaded to the dissemination platforms by beneficiaries that may contain personal data must have been lawfully collected by beneficiaries as requested by grant agreements (article II.2 and II.9).

What technical means are used?

The information is published using standard computer technology; information is used coming from Pegasus and E+Link for the new generation of programmes (Erasmus+ and Creative Europe), from Youthlink, ADAM and EST data bases for the projects belonging to previous programmes.
All data are stored and processed centrally on corporate infrastructure managed by DG DIGIT's Information System Hosting Service (ISHS).

Who is the data communicated to?

The information on the projects is available to the general public on the Erasmus+ and Creative Europe dissemination platform websites.

How can I have access to my information, in order to verify its accuracy and, if necessary, correct it?

Any request for modification must be sent by mail or electronic mail to the address of the National Agency or the Executive Agency responsible for the management of the contract.

The information on the project comes from the contractor himself, being the information submitted in application phase and recorded in the management systems. A specific procedure in the VALOR system foresees that any change in the fields contained in the basic project card is modified automatically through a technical update of data from the management tools, where the latest changes are always reflected.  In the particular case of personal data for contact persons, i.e. name, e-mail and telephone, the default option is to hide these data from the public interface. The contractor has then an "opt-in" button by which he/she can choose which data can be displayed or not for each of the partners and coordinating organisation.
The data subject is informed of the consequences of opting in before taking the actual action. The data subject has the possibility to change his/her position concerning the display or not of the contact data anytime during the presence of their project on the platforms.

How long are contact details held?

The retention of personal data will be ten years after the end of each of the programmes mentioned under point 7, i.e. Lifelong Learning, Youth in Action, Culture, Tempus, Erasmus Mundus, Creative Europe and Erasmus+ in consideration of the following legal obligations/constraints:
- the time limit for potential appeal from applicants or beneficiaries not selected to receive a grant;
- the time limit for potential audits to selected projects;
- the obligation to evaluate the impact of the Programmes, as provided in the Decisions establishing the programmes.

If the platform will host the Europe for Citizens or any other EU programme, the same retention period will apply as well.

Privacy policy

The European Union is committed to user privacy in compliance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No. 45/2001 and Decision No. 1247/2002/EC. This privacy policy covers the European Union's websites within the europa.eu domain.
 
The European Commission's websites within the ec.europa.eu domain may provide links to third-party sites. In order to use third party content on our websites, you may need to accept their specific terms and conditions, including their cookie policies over which we have no control.

Who can I contact if I have questions or complaints?

Each user can contact the Commission and the platform administrator by contacting the first line support Helpdesk, as explained in the "Contact us" page.
Further to the above, each user can contact:

Conflict and complaints

In case of conflict, the complaints can be addressed to the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) http://www.edps.europa.eu

Open license and Intellectual property rights

Erasmus+ promotes the open access of project outputs to support learning, teaching, training, and youth work. This serves both to ensure that publicly funded materials provide value to the general public, to increase the value, visibility and reuse of the insights and work of a project, and to ensure long-term access to the results, even if e.g. a beneficiary consortium ceases to exist.

In particular, Erasmus+ commits beneficiaries to make any educational resources which are produced in the context of projects supported by the programme - documents, media, software or other materials - freely available for the public under an open license. Such materials are known as Open Educational Resources (OER). In addition, beneficiaries must ensure that these OER are shared in an editable digital form, freely accessible through the internet (without cost, registration or other restriction), and whenever possible shared on a suitable and freely accessible platform, thus not just a project or institution specific website. The open access requirement is obligatory and is without prejudice to the intellectual property rights of the grant beneficiaries. In general, copyright grants the creator of any original work - e.g. an educational resource - the exclusive rights to use this work. Licenses are a common way for copyright holders to allow others to make use of their work. A license defines terms and conditions under which the rightholder grants specific individuals or organisations to use their work.

An open license is a way for the copyright holder (creator or other rightholder) to grant the general public the legal permission to use their work. The applied open license is usually indicated directly on the work and wherever the work is shared. As in the case of other licenses, open licenses do not imply a transfer of copyright or other intellectual property rights. Someone granting an open license for their work still remains the copyright holder of their materials and can themselves use the materials as they wish, e.g. to commercialise their project outcomes. Specifically, an open license applied to educational resources produced with support of Erasmus+, must allow the public (i.e. any third parties) at the minimum to freely:
•    Use the work;
•    Adapt the work as needed (e.g. translate, shorten, modify for local contexts, etc.);
•    Reproduce and share the original or adapted work with others (e.g. with students in the classroom, online, with peers, etc.).

While Erasmus+ encourages beneficiaries to apply the most open licenses to ensure the maximum impact of their works, beneficiaries may choose open licenses with specific conditions, in particular:
•    That the creator has to be indicated whenever the work or a derivative is used or shared;
•    That the work cannot be used commercially (e.g. sold by others, integrated in a commercial textbook, etc.);
•    That any derivatives have to be shared under the same license or licensing terms.

While beneficiaries are free to choose any open license or even develop their own open license, to avoid duplication of work, ensure legal certainty, and ensure the possibility to combine several works, Erasmus+ beneficiaries are strongly encouraged to make use of well-known existing licenses suitable for the type of resource. The license cannot contain any conditions which limit the user group, which forces users to register, participate, or otherwise undertake any specific activity, or which specifies that the use has to be requested or reported.

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