Privacy Policy

Copyright statement

© European Communities, 2007

Reproduction is authorised, provided the source is acknowledged, save where otherwise stated.

Where prior permission must be obtained for the reproduction or use of textual and multimedia information (sound, images etc.), such permission shall cancel the above-mentioned general permission and shall clearly indicate any restrictions on use.

Privacy statement

The European Commission is committed to user privacy.

Although you can browse through most of these Web Sites without giving any information about yourself, in some cases, personal information is required in order to provide the e-services you request.

We have and will continue to invest in high-quality security and do our utmost to protect user privacy through the appropriate use of the latest security technology. This website collects personal information exclusively to the extent necessary to fulfill a specific purpose.

We will respect your email privacy. You will not receive unsolicited mail from the us unless you have agreed to this. We will, however, mail you occasionally with information about your registration and/or your account.

We will not pass on any individual user details (including your email address) unless we have your prior consent.

Your information will not be re-used for an incompatible purpose.

Your information will be disclosed to third parties if that is necessary for the fulfilment of the purpose(s) identified above.

We will not divulge your personal data for direct marketing purposes.

We only keep your data for the time necessary to fulfil the purpose of collection or further processing.

All measures are taken to safeguard your information against possible misuse or unauthorised access.

How do we treat e-mails you send us?

When you send us a message, your personal data is collected only to the extent necessary to reply.

If you have any questions about the processing of your e-mail and related personal data, do not hesitate to include them in your message.

Use of cookies by the European Commission Representation in the UK

Cookies are small text files that are saved on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used, generally in order to make websites work more efficiently, but also to provide information to the owners of the site.

Below is a list of cookies used on this website and a explanation of why they are used.

Google Analytics (Cookie names: _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz)
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Website Accessibility (Cookie name: FontScale)
The cookies are used to remember you settings of fontsize display (for accessibility) and expire at the end of your session on our site.

sIFR (Scalable Inman Flash Replacement) (Cookie name: siftFetch)
sIFR fonts are used for headings. sIFR fonts are based on Flash and a cookie named sifrFetch is set to indicate whether the browser supports Flash. This can be disabled from within your browser settings. This cookie expires at the end of your session on our site.