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Disclaimer Notice and Terms of Conduct




1.  Legal notice


The information on this website is subject to personal data protection rules, to copyright and to a disclaimer by the Council.


Consultation or use of this site involves the full acceptance of the general conditions set out below.


Protection of personal data


The Council is committed to respecting privacy. The protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Council is based on Regulation (EC) No. 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 which determines the principles and obligations to be respected by the European institutions when they are processing personal data and on Council Decision 644/2004 of 13 September 2004 which lays down further implementing rules concerning data protection as regards the Council.


'Personal data' means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person; an identifiable person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identification number or to one or more factors specific to his or her identity.


For each specific on-line service, the details of the data controller (the person responsible for processing the data collected about you) appears on a privacy statement published by each such service and/or on a public register of data processing operations maintained by the Data Protection Officer of the Institution. To exercise your rights or to obtain any further information, you can apply directly to the responsible data controller. You may also consult the Council Data Protection Officer, 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 independent supervisory authority.


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


How do we treat e-mails you send us?


In principle access to the information available on or via the website of the Council does not require any personal data to be supplied by the user. However, in order to use certain online services, for example to request a visit to the Council, or to send a question to the Public Information Service, you may be asked to supply information about yourself, such as contact details (name and first name, profession, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number or nationality) when filling in a form. The Council will collect such personal information only to the extent necessary to fulfil the precise purpose specified for each online service.


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.


Google Analytics

You are informed that this website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”) to help analyse the use of this website. For this purpose, Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer.


The information generated by the cookies about your use of this website - standard internet log information (including your IP address) and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form - will be transmitted to and stored by Google including on servers in the United States. Google will anonymize the information sent by removing the last octet of your IP address prior to its storage. According to Google Analytics terms of service, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website and compiling reports on website activity for the Council.


The Council will not use, and will not allow any third party to use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any personally identifiable information of visitors to this site. Google may transfer the information collected by Google Analytics to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. According to Google Analytics terms of service, Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.


By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you in the manner and for the purposes set out above. You may refuse the use of cookies by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on<%=Consilium.Resources.Common.common.LinkToExternalSite%>. The add-on communicates with the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js) to indicate that information about the website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics.


2.  User Conduct

You must under no circumstances:

(i) distribute, use or make copies of, or otherwise duplicate any materials contained on the PRADO site, except as expressly authorised under these Terms or authorised by the GSC;

(ii) sell, loan, rent, lease, re-license, sublicense, forward, distribute, re-distribute, or timeshare the PRADO site or parts of it, or "frame" or "mirror" the material or services contained in or accessible from the PRADO site on any other server or Internet-based device without prior express written authorisation from the GSC; authorisation to create Internet "links" to the PRADO pages such as http://www.consilium.europa.eu/prado/EN/homeIndex.html or http://prado.consilium.europa.eu/FR/8238/docHome.html is given herewith; to publish such a link you do not need further permission from the GSC;

(iii) cause or permit the reverse engineering, disassembly, decompilation of, or any other attempt to derive any software comprising or available through the PRADO site, except to the extent permitted by law; or

(iv) remove, alter, amend, or otherwise tamper with any titles, trademarks, copyright, restricted rights notices, or other proprietary rights legend, or any license agreement, included or provided with the PRADO site.

In addition, you agree not to use the PRADO site:

(a) to harvest, collect, gather or assemble any material for other than official and non-commercial use;

(b) to harvest, collect, gather or assemble information or data regarding other users, including e-mail addresses, without their consent;

(c) to transmit or post any material or information which is unlawful, harassing, libelous, abusive, tortious, defamatory, threatening, harmful, invasive of another's privacy, vulgar, obscene or otherwise objectionable;

(d) to transmit any material that may infringe the intellectual property rights or other rights of third parties, including any personal data protection, patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, or right of publicity;

(e) to transmit any material that contains software viruses or other harmful or deleterious computer code, files or programs such as trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots;

(f) to interfere with or disrupt servers or networks connected to the PRADO site, or violate the regulations, policies or procedures of such networks; or

(g) to harass or interfere with another user's use and enjoyment of the PRADO site.


3.  PRADO Personal Data Protection in  -  Privacy Statement


Within the PRADO system only (parts of) specimen documents are displayed that have officially been provided by the participating country (document owner) for publication in the Internet; no use is made of authentic personal data if not necessary. In order to ensure the protection of privacy and personal data, when use is made of authentic documents (as opposed to specimen), it is ensured as far as possible that no details which could identify a person are legible unless individual data items are the subject of the contribution.


4.  Legal Disclaimer


The GSC maintains this site to enhance public access to information about its initiatives and GSC policies in general. Our goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. The information is provided "as is", without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether expressed or implied. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. The originators of the documents contained stay originators of the documents for the whole lifecycle of the documents.

The GSC accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the material on this site. This material is:

  • not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up to date;
  • not reliable what concerns the colours displayed - they may not reliably resemble the originals;
  • sometimes linked to external sites over which the GSC services have no control and for which the GSC assumes no responsibility;
  • not professional or legal advice (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a suitably qualified national professional).

Information provided on this site cannot substitute professional advice. For professional advice please refer to the "National Authorities" / "National Contact Points" or to the "Help / FAQs" section.

Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that a document available on-line exactly reproduces an officially adopted document. Only European Union legislation published in the paper editions of the Official Journal of the European Union is deemed authentic.

It is our goal to minimise disruption caused by technical errors. However some data or information on the PRADO site may have been created or structured in files or formats which are not error-free and we cannot guarantee that our service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such problems. The GSC 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 GSC in contravention of any requirements laid down in applicable national or international law nor to exclude its liability for matters which may not be excluded under that law.






IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE - The information on this site is subject to a disclaimer notice and terms of conduct and a copyright notice.