Personal Data Protection

The European Union is committed to user privacy and the protection of personal data.

The policy on protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies is based currently on Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018.

Although you can browse through this site without giving any information about yourself, in some cases, personal information is required in order to provide the e-services you request.

Pages and services that require such information process it according to the regulation referred to above and contain a specific information notice on the protection of personal data, describing how those data are used.

In that respect:

  • For each specific e-service, a controller determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data and ensures conformity of the specific e-service with Regulation 2018/1725;
  • A Data Protection Officer ensures that the provisions of the regulation are applied and advises data controllers on fulfilling their obligations;
  • The Court of Justice of the European Union maintains a register of personal data processing activities which you may consult by contacting the Data Protection Officer (for more information, please see the internet page of the Data Protection Officer)
  • For all the institutions, with the exception of the Court of Justice of the European Union when acting in its judicial capacity, the European Data Protection Supervisor acts as an independent supervisory authority.

This site sometimes provides links to third party sites. Since we do not control them, we encourage you to review their privacy policies.

What is an e-service?

An e-service is a service or resource made available on the Internet in order to improve the communication between citizens and businesses on the one hand and the European Institutions on the other hand.

Three types of e-services are or will be offered by this site:

  • Information services that provide citizens, media, business, administrations and other decision makers with easy and effective access to information, thus increasing transparency and understanding of the policies and activities of the EU;
  • Interactive communication services that allow better contacts with citizens, business, civil society and public actors;
  • Transaction services that allow access to all basic forms of transactions with the EU, e.g. procurement, financial operations, recruitment, event enrolment, acquisition or purchase of documents etc.

How do we process your emails and messages sent to the Court?

Many pages of the site allow you to communicate with the various departments, by sending them an email or using a contact form.

When you send a message, your personal data are registered only so far as is necessary to reply to you. If the team responsible cannot give you an answer, it may transfer your message to another department.

If you have any queries about the processing of your messages or your personal data, you include them in your message.