Legal Notice


The Group of the Party of European Socialists (PES Group) in the European Committee of the Regions 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, we accept 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 we have no control and for which we assume 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 European Union legislation 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. We accept 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 European Union arising from Article 340 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. 

Copyright notice

© Group of the Party of European Socialists, European Committee of the Regions, European Union, 1995-2019

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

These textual data and multimedia items belong either to the European Union represented by the European Committee of the Regions and/or to 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.

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.

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 we have 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, please contact the webmaster.

The logo of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions may not be used without the Group’s prior consent.

Personal Data Protection

The PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions is committed to users' privacy. Our privacy policy is based on Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data.

One of your rights under EU law is that you must be informed when your personal data is processed (collected, used, stored) by any organisation including one of the EU institutions and bodies. You also have the right to know the details and purpose of that processing.

Our website is mainly used as a communication tool.

Please find below a general overview of some of the ways this website processes your personal data including the use of cookies and social media.

Your personal data and our website

We collect your personal data only to the extent necessary to fulfil a precise purpose related to the Group's function, in line with the relevant provisions of the Rules of Procedure of the European Committee of the Regions, its internal regulations and decisions and the Group's Rules of Procedure.

We do not reuse the information for another purpose that is different to the one stated.

We put in place measures to guarantee that your data are kept up-to-date and processed securely.

Only a limited number of staff members of the Group's Secretariat, chosen on a "need to know" basis, have access to your data.

Under certain conditions outlined in law, we may disclose your information to third parties (such as the European Anti-Fraud Office, the Court of Auditors, or law enforcement authorities), if it is necessary and proportionate for lawful specific purposes.

We will never divulge your personal data for direct marketing purposes.

You have the right to access your personal data, to have it corrected and the rights to recourse at any time if you believe your data protection rights have been breached.

The data controller, responsible for the processing of personal data in relation to this website, is the Secretary-General of the Group.

We do not keep your personal data for longer than necessary for the purposes for which we collected it.

However, we may keep your personal data for a longer period for historical or statistical purposes with the appropriate safeguards in place.

As a data subject, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data on legitimate compelling grounds relating to your particular situation except when these data are collected in order to comply with a legal obligation, or are necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party, or are to be used for a purpose for which you have given your unambiguous consent.

Information contained in a specific privacy statement

A specific privacy statement will be available for any specific project involving a processing of personal data and will contain the following information about the use of your personal data:

  • What information is collected, for what purpose and through which technical means we collect personal data exclusively to the extent necessary to fulfil a specific purpose;
  • What is the legal basis for the processing;
  • Who is the data controller;
  • To whom your information is disclosed;
  • Who has access to your persona data;
  • How you can access your information, verify its accuracy and, if necessary, correct it.
  • How long your data is kept. We only keep the data for the time necessary to fulfil the purpose of collection or further processing;
  • What are the security measures taken to safeguard your information against possible misuse or unauthorised access;
  • Whom to contact if you have queries or complaints;

Many web pages under the domain have a "Contact" button, which activates your e-mail 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.

Read the specific privacy statements:



Cookies are short text files stored on a user’s device (such as a computer, tablet or phone) by a website.

Cookies are used for the technical functioning of a website or for gathering statistics.

Cookies are also typically used to provide a more personalised experience for a user for example, when an online service remembers your user profile without you having to login.

When you visit our website, we may collect some data on your browsing experience such as your IP address, the webpage you visited, when you visited it and the website page you were redirected from.

This information is used to gather aggregated and anonymous statistics with a view to improving our services and to enhance your user experience.

When you visit the Group's website, we will keep the browser history of your visit for a maximum of 12 months. This information will then be deleted.

The collection, aggregation and anonymising operations are performed under adequate security measures.

Social Media

We use social media to present our work through widely used and contemporary channels.

Our use of social media is highlighted on this website.

For instance, you can watch videos, which we upload to our YouTube page and follow links from our website to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr.

Cookies are not set by our display of social media buttons to connect to those services when our website pages are loaded on your computer (or other devices) or from components from those services embedded in our web pages.

Each social media channel has their own policy on the way they process your personal data when you access their sites. For example, if you choose to watch one of our videos on YouTube, you will be asked for explicit consent to accept YouTube cookies; if you look at our Twitter activity on Twitter, you will be asked for explicit consent to accept Twitter cookies; the same applies for Facebook, Flickr and Instagram.

If you have any concerns or questions about their use of your personal data, you should read their privacy policies carefully before using them.