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The European Commission maintains this website to enhance public access to information about its 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 Commission 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 Commission services have no control and for which the Commission 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 on-line exactly reproduces an officially adopted text. Only the Official Journal of the European Union (its printed edition, or since 1 July 2013 its electronic edition made available on the EUR-Lex website), is authentic and produces legal effects. It is our goal to minimize 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 Commission 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 Commission 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. The Support Centre for Data Sharing is developed by the European Commission with the support of a consortium led by Capgemini Invent, with Fraunhofer FOKUS and Time.Lex.
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Copyright notice

© European Union, 2019-2021


The Commission's reuse policy is implemented by Commission Decision 2011/833/EU of 12 December 2011 on the reuse of Commission documents.

Unless otherwise noted (e.g. in individual copyright notices), the reuse of the editorial content on this website owned by the EU is authorized under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. This means that reuse is allowed, provided appropriate credit is given and any changes are indicated.

You may be required to clear additional rights if a specific content depicts identifiable private individuals or includes third-party works. To use or reproduce content that is not owned by the EU, you may need to seek permission directly from the respective rightholders. Software or documents covered by industrial property rights, such as patents, trademarks, registered designs, logos and names, are excluded from the Commission's reuse policy and are not licensed to you.

For all copyright issues, please use the support form.

Personal data provided by third parties

Please note that our website contains links to third party sites and resources provided by third parties (notably via the Widgets and Tools section and social media integration). Our website publishes such personal data on the basis of our legitimate interest in ensuring that the information which is made publicly available by the original data source is accurately reflected in our repository, and that third parties might be able to contact the relevant persons in the way desired by the original data source. It is processed solely for the purposes of facilitating the accessibility and usability of the open data repositories which are discoverable via this website. However, since we do not control the third party resources or the original personal data contained therein, we cannot vouch for its accuracy, completeness or relevance, nor cannot detect when it is confidential or published by mistake. Such resources are provided without assurances (explicit or implied) of their lawfulness or fitness for your purposes. We encourage any user of our website to review the relevant privacy policies of the original sources and to adhere to them, and to address any relevant data protection rights requests relating to those third party resources to the original source, which will result in our own data being automatically corrected in time. If addressing the matter with the original sources does not solve your issue, or if you feel that our use of the personal data is not in compliance with data protection law irrespective of the lawfulness of the original source, please contact us using the information above and we will address the concern to the best of our ability. The same procedures and rights apply as to personal data that we collect ourselves. Note however that we cannot assume responsibility for third party compliance with data protection law, and that you at any rate are and remain fully responsible for complying with data protection law for any processing activities you undertake in relation to personal data obtained via this site and via the e-services.

What is an e-service?

  1. 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;
  3. Transaction services that allow access to all basic forms of transactions with the EU, e.g. procurement, financial operations, recruitment, event enrolment, acquisition or purchase of documents etc.

How do we treat e-mails you send us?

When you send such a message, your personal data is collected only to the extent necessary to reply. If the management team of the mailbox is unable to answer your question, it will forward your e-mail to another service. You will be informed, via e-mail, about which service your question has been forwarded to.

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.