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Terms and Conditions

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Data collected

We do not collect any personal data that could identify an individual user. The users that are registered in should consult terms of service. We do collect anonymised aggregate data for statistical purposes. The data collected for this purposes include: number of visits/visitors per page, the country of the user, and aggregate numbers of incoming and outgoing clicks.

We determine unique page counts by using a “hashed” version of the visitor’s IP address. The visitor’s full IP address is deleted from our logs after a little over a month. That timeframe is how long the data is needed in order to allow us to calculate your stats on a monthly basis and no longer.

We can also see your name and email address if you made a comment to one of our posts. We do not make the email address visible on the comment. Nevertheless, on request, we can delete your comments.

We use Mailchimp as a provider of the personal data listed in the ESMH subscription form. We use these data (First and last name, e-mail address and qualification) with the only aim to send our Press Review, our Website and ESMH updates. You can always contact us to remove your email address from our records or unsubscribe from the notification service. It is also possible to unsubscribe directly from the e-mails you receive.

For uniform representation of fonts, this website uses web fonts provided by Google. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly. For this purpose your browser has to establish a direct connection to Google servers. Google thus becomes aware that our web page was accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web fonts is done in the interest of a uniform and attractive presentation of our website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.
If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font is used by your computer.
Further information about handling user data by Google, can be found at and in Google’s privacy policy at


We collect cookies only to facilitate your browsing experience, such as enabling you to share our posts via social media or comment on the post. The majority of cookies will be used only if you are a registered user. In this case, you are bound to terms of service.

We do not collect cookies to show advertisement nor resell any information collected with cookies to third parties. Read more about the cookie policy and the way to control cookies on their dedicated page.

AT Internet

We use analytics cookies in order to monitor the navigation of our users and improve the quality of your browsing experience.

Analytics cookies are added by our Web Analytics tool, AT Internet, and are considered as third party cookies (AT Internet data protection policy). They help us to prepare aggregated and anonymous statistical reports on the navigation of our visitors.

You may accept or refuse them, either via the banner displayed at the bottom on our websites, or via the widget proposed on the top of this page. If you decide not to express your agreement, by ignoring the question, we will NOT place any cookie.

If you prefer not to be tracked, you can also activate the “Do Not Track” (DNT) setting on your browsers. It will guarantee you we will not track your navigation activity at all. These “Do Not Track” settings are available in most browsers.

Liste of AT Internet cookies:
– atidvisitor
Purpose: Used to monitor the performance of pages visited by users of Parliament’s websites
Duration: 13 months
– atuserid
Purpose: Used to store the visitor anonymous ID on the Parliament’s websites
Duration: 13 months

Contact us

For any further information or for cases where you want to unsubscribe from any of the services mentioned in these terms and condition; delete all or part of your data; or request access to the personal data we save about you, please contact the person designated as being in charge of the processing operation via ESMH. You have the right to have recourse at any time by writing to the Parliament’s data protection officer at and to the European data protection supervisor at

Please note, however, that we cannot help with questions related to your account. For this questions, please refer to terms of service.

Our moderation policy

We may delete comments, without notice, that:

  • contain advertising or spam, or do not relate to the topic of the post
  • contain any personal information belonging to the poster or another person (such as address, phone number, email address)
  • include material that may be unlawful, libellous, fraudulent, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening, harassing, insulting or deemed confidential

In case of repetitive breach of these guidelines, we reserve the right to block a person from participating in discussion on this site. Comments posted on our website do not necessarily represent the interests or opinions of the European Parliamentary Research Service and the European Parliament.

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