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The European Economic and Social Committee maintains this website on behalf of the online network of the European Economic and Social Councils and similar institutions and the EESC.

This website seeks to enhance public access to information about the network's initiatives and European Union policies in general. Our goal is to keep this information timely and accurate.

If errors are brought to our attention we will try to correct them. However, the EESC accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the information on this site.

This information is

  • of a general nature only and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity
  • not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up to date
  • sometimes linked to external sites over which the EESC services have no control and for which the EESC assumes no responsibility
  • not professional or legal advice (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a suitably qualified professional).

Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that a document available online exactly reproduces an officially adopted text.

It is our goal to minimise disruption caused by technical errors. However some data or information on our site may have been created or structured in files or formats that are not error-free, and we cannot guarantee that our service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such problems.

The EESC accepts no responsibility with regard to such problems incurred as a result of using this site or any linked external sites.

This disclaimer is not intended to limit the liability of the EESC in contravention of any requirements laid down in applicable national law nor to exclude its liability for matters which may not be excluded under that law.


Personal Data Protection


The European Union is committed to user privacy.

The policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation 45/2001 on processing of personal data by the EU institutions [PDF, 234 KB] of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

This general policy covers the European Union's family of institutional website, within the .eu domain. Although you can browse through most of these websites without giving any information about yourself, in some cases, personal information is required in order to provide the e-services you request. Websites that require such information treat it according to the policy described in the Regulation above and provide information about the use of your data in their specific privacy policy statements.

In this respect

  • for each specific e-service, a controller determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data and ensures conformity of the specific e-service with the privacy policy
  • Data Protection Officer ensures that the provisions of the Regulation are applied and advises controllers on fulfilling their obligations (see art. 24 of the Regulation)
  • The European Data Protection Supervisor [PDF, 98 KB] will act as an independent supervisory authority (see art. 41 to 45 of the Regulation)

The European Union's family of institutional websites, within the .eu domain, provides links to third-party sites. Since we do not control them, we encourage you to review their privacy policies.

What is an e-service?

An e-service on is a service or resource made available on the Internet in order to improve the communication between citizens and businesses on the one hand and the European Institutions on the other hand.

2 types of e-services are or will be offered by

  1. information services that provide citizens, media, business, administrations and other decision-makers with easy and effective access to information, thus increasing transparency and understanding of the policies and activities of the EU
  2. interactive communication services that allow better contacts with citizens, business, civil society and public actors, thus facilitating policy consultations, and feedback mechanisms, in order to contribute to the shaping of policies, the activities and the services of the EU

How do we treat emails you send us?

Many webpages on have a contact button, which activates your email software and invites you to send your comments to a specific functional mailbox.

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

If you have any questions about the processing of your email and related personal data, send your message to: ceslinkateesc [dot] europa [dot] eu


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