What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that websites install on the computer or mobile device of users who visit them.

First-party cookies are cookies that are generated by the website you are visiting and can only be read by that website. In addition, a website may also use external services, which generate their own cookies: third-party cookies.

Persistent cookies are cookies that are stored on your computer and are not automatically deleted when you exit your browser (unlike session cookies, which are deleted when you exit your browser).

Each time you visit our website, you will be asked to accept or decline cookies.

The purpose is to remember your preferences (user name, language, etc.) for a certain period of time.

This way, you do not have to enter them again when browsing the session duration during the same visit.

Cookies may also be used to compile anonymous statistics about the browsing experience on our websites.

How do we use cookies?

Our websites mostly use "first-party cookies" generated and controlled by the Commission, not by external organizations.

However, to view some of our pages you will need to accept cookies from external organizations.

The three types of first-party cookies we use allow us to:

  • store visitor preferences
  • keeping our websites up and running
  • collect analytical data (on user behavior).

Visitor preferences

They are generated by us and no one else can read them. They register:

  • whether the visitor has accepted (or declined) the site's cookie policy
  • if you have already responded to our pop-up survey about the usefulness of the content (so as not to ask you to do so again).

Third party cookies

Some of our pages display content from external providers, such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

In order to access third-party content, users must first accept the conditions that these third parties apply (including their cookie policies, which are beyond our control).

If users choose not to access such content, these third-party cookies are not installed on their devices.

Third-parties to our website

Third party services are not under our control. Third party companies may change their terms of service, purpose and use of cookies, etc. at any time.

How to manage cookies?

Delete cookies from the device.

You can delete the cookies you already have on your device by deleting the browser history. This will delete cookies from all the websites you have visited.

However, you may also lose some of the information you have stored (for example, your login identifiers or your preferences for websites).

Manage cookies for a given site.

To have more precise control over site-specific cookies, users can adjust their privacy and cookie settings in their browser.

Block cookies.

It is possible to set most modern browsers to not accept cookies on the device you are using, but in that case you may have to manually set a number of preferences each time you visit a site or page. In addition, some services and features may not work properly (e.g., profile logins).