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Disclaimer

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) 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 CoR 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 CoR has no control and for which the CoR 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 texts published in the Official Journal of the European Union is deemed authentic.

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 CoR 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 CoR arising from Article 340 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Copyright notice

The content of this website includes text data and multimedia items such as texts, drawings, graphics, logos, icons, images, audio and video material, photographs, programmes and the technology described which are protected by the provisions of national and international law applying to intellectual property.

These textual data and multimedia items are the exclusive property either of the European Union represented by the CoR and/or of their authors and beneficiaries. The intellectual property right holders waive their right to have their name or any other indication appear on the items which they supply for this website.

The user undertakes to respect the intellectual property rights held by the European Union and third parties without prejudice to the rights and exceptions provided for by any binding provisions.

As a general rule, the reuse (reproduction or use) of textual data and multimedia items which are the property of the European Union (identified by the words '© European Union, [year(s)] – Source: Committee of the Regions' or '© European Union, [year(s)] – CoR' ) or of third parties (© External source, [year(s)]), and for which the European Union holds the rights of use, is authorised, for personal use or for further non-commercial or commercial dissemination, provided that the entire item is reproduced and the source is acknowledged. However, the reuse of certain data may be subject to different conditions in some instances; in this case, the item concerned is accompanied by a mention of the specific conditions relating to it

Any partial reproduction of data or multimedia items from this website must also cite the URL link of the complete item or the web page from which it was sourced.

The user undertakes not to delete or change the indications of the author or the source and not to seek to circumvent the technical measures put in place to protect documents and multimedia items, such as print or download restrictions and visible or invisible tagging. Any infringement may lead to civil and criminal proceedings.

Translations of texts or documents into languages other than the official language versions displayed on the website are authorised subject to the condition that due acknowledgement is given at a suitably prominent place, followed by an appropriate disclaimer, both translated into the relevant language:

'Translated from the original [specify the language] version published by the European Union on the following website [specify the URL ]: '© European Union, [year(s)] - Source: Committee of the Regions'; or '© European Union, [year(s)]  CoR', [Name of intellectual property right holder of the translation] assumes full responsibility for the translation into [specify target language]'

In cases of doubt as to the identity of the right holders or as to the conditions of use of a particular item, a request for information may be sent to the webmaster.

Despite extensive research, it may be that the CoR has not been able to identify certain authors or right holders of documents appearing on the site. If you are such a right holder, or if you have identified such a right holder, or if there is a mistake on our part, we should be grateful if you would kindly contact the webmaster.

Use of CoR logos

The CoR logos may not be used without the CoR's prior consent.

Protection of personal data

The CoR attaches great importance to respecting the right to privacy. The policy on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies is based on Regulation (EC) No. 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

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

In this respect:

  • The CoR will collect personal information only to the extent necessary to fulfil a precise purpose specified by the data controller for each online service. The information will not be reused for a purpose incompatible with the original purpose.
  • The CoR will disclose information to third parties only if that is necessary for the purposes specified and only to the categories of recipients mentioned. The CoR will not divulge your personal data for direct marketing purposes. The CoR furthermore undertakes to take appropriate security measures to safeguard these data from misuse by third parties.
  • The data may be kept by the CoR for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which they were collected.
  • These data may, however, be kept by the CoR for a longer period for historical, statistical or scientific purposes, without prejudice to any other provision of Regulation (EC) No. 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

Any individual concerned (data subject) has the right to obtain access to and rectification of his or her personal data. Data subjects may also under certain circumstances ask to have these data blocked and for the erasure of data about them which they consider to have been unlawfully processed. Finally, they have the right to object, on compelling grounds, to the processing of their data.

Specific privacy statements are available on this website for specific processing activities (e.g. video-surveillance, customer relationship management system, recordings during meetings and events, etc.).

To exercise your rights or to obtain any further information, you can apply directly to the data controller involved.

You may also consult the Data Protection Officer who is responsible, within each European Union institution, for ensuring that the rights and freedoms of data subjects are not adversely affected by data processing operations, in order to obtain an opinion on the processing operations either concerning you or carried out by you.

If you believe your rights have been infringed as a result of the processing of your personal data, you can lodge a complaint with the European Data Protection Supervisor.

The CoR website sometimes provides links to other internet sites. Since the CoR has no control over such sites, we suggest that you check their privacy policies.