Can I reuse information from this website?

According to the general reuse policy of the European Commission, citizens and companies can reuse the Commission's materials free of charge, even for commercial purposes, and without having to request permission to do so. The documents can be reproduced, adapted, translated etc.

However, some conditions may apply, such as the obligation to acknowledge the source or the obligation not to distort the original meaning, and the non-liability of the European Commission for any consequences stemming from reuse.

There are also some exceptions to the general reuse policy (e.g. logos, software). Please note also that the Commission does not hold the copyright for all materials available on this portal. This is why it is important to check the copyright notice of publications or data you intend to reuse.

In certain cases the copyright to some of the pictures, music etc. in a publication belongs to a third party, and those elements cannot be used without a specific permission.

EU legislation is considered as public domain. It is free from copyright and can be reused without restriction, subject only to the obligation to acknowledge the source (similar conditions apply to the use of TED, Tenders Electronic Daily). The reuse policy is described in the Commission Decision 2011/833/EU on the reuse of Commission documents. The aim is to support new economic activity, to promote wider use and spread of EU information, to enhance the openness and transparency of the EU institutions, and to avoid unnecessary administrative burden for users. Reuse helps create jobs, and, in general, is good for European economy. For example, innovative online services can be built on the basis of open data and reusable publications.

For more information on reuse of EU materials, please consult the 'Copyright' information.