Cookies Policy

Let’s talk about cookies. Here we will explain what cookies are and how they are used on this site.

First we would like to inform you that this website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”) to help analyse the use of this website. For this purpose, Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer.

The information generated by the cookies about your use of this website – standard internet log information (including your IP address) and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form – will be transmitted to and stored by Google including on servers in the United States. Google will anonymize the information sent by removing the last octet of your IP address prior to its storage. According to Google Analytics terms of service, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website and compiling reports on website activity for the European Council.

The European Council will not use, and will not allow any third party to use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any personally identifiable information of visitors to this site. Google may transfer the information collected by Google Analytics to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. According to Google Analytics terms of service, Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you in the manner and for the purposes set out above. You may refuse the use of cookies by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. The add-on communicates with the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js) to indicate that information about the website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics.

What are cookies

In the context of computers, cookies are small files that contain information about browsing activity.

Whenever you visit a website, the website sends a cookie to the device you’re using to access the website. Your device automatically stores the cookie in a file that’s located within your web browser.

When you revisit a site, the website will respond in a more personalised way, remembering your preferences, providing faster page load times and so forth.

Finally cookies can used for marketing and advertising purposes. i.e New users to a site can be shown different information to existing users.

What cookies do we use?

_gid cookie

This cookie is responsible for tracking user behavior. It expires after 24 hours of inactivity.

_ga cookie

This cookie is used to identify unique users and it expires after 2 years.

More information

you can find out more about how cookies are used by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org or www.youronlinechoices.eu.

Google also have a brief video which explains the use of cookies.