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Privacy Policy on Cookies Usage

Why are we asking you about cookies?

It is a requirement from the European Commission legislation on privacy and data protection that all EUROPA websites inform their users that cookies are not being used to gather information unnecessarily. You can read more about the legislation here.

Cookies in use on this website

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites. Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below.

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies, we take this and your continued use of our website to mean that you agree with our cookie policy. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our cookies

Website Function Cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Remembering your search settings
  • Allowing you to add comments to our site

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily like or share our content on Facebook and Twitter, for example, we have included sharing buttons on our site. The privacy implications of this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called analytic programs also tell us if how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine). We use Google Analytics for this purpose.

Turning Cookies Off

You can switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. You can learn how here. Doing so, however, will likely limit the functionality of our website and a large proportion of the world’s websites, as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.