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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.

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 fulfill the precise purpose specified for each online service.

For each specific online 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.

Within the PRADO section of the website 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. 

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.

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Legal Disclaimer

The Council maintains this website to enhance public access to information about its activities and Council policies in general. Our goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. The Council, however, accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the material on this site. This material is:

  • information of a general nature only which 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 Council services have no control and for which the Council 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 European Union legislation published in the electronic 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 our 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. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. However, the Council accepts no responsibility for direct or indirect damage which may result from the use of this site.

This disclaimer is not intended to limit the liability of the Council in contravention of any requirements laid down in applicable national or European law, nor to exclude its liability for matters which may not be excluded under Article 340 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).