1. Cookies

A cookie is a small text file that is placed on the hard disk of your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. The cookie is placed on your device by the website itself ("first party cookies") or by partners of the website ("third party cookies"). The cookie identifies your device by a unique identification number when you return to the website and collects information about your browsing behaviour.

There are different types of cookies. We distinguish the following cookies according to their purposes: there are essential or strictly necessary cookies and non-essential cookies (functional, analytical and targeting cookies).

The Belgian Act concerning the Electronic Communication of 13 June 2005 contains some provisions about cookies and the use thereof on websites. The Belgian implementation is deduced of the European e-Privacy Directive, which implies that the cookie usage and the cookie legislation is regulated differently in every European country. The Red Cross EU Office website is Belgium-based and therefore follows the Belgian and European legislation on cookies.

2. Goals and utilities of cookies

By using the website, the visitor may agree to the use of cookies. Cookies help The Red Cross EU Office to improve your visit to the website and to provide you with an optimal user experience. However, you are free to delete or restrict cookies at any time by changing your browser settings (see "Management of cookies").

Disabling cookies can have an impact on the functioning of the website. Some of the site's features may be restricted or inaccessible. If you decide to disable cookies, we cannot guarantee a smooth and optimal visit to our website.  

3. Types of cookies used by the Red Cross EU Office

We distinguish the following types of cookies, according to their purposes:

3.1 Essential / Strictly necessary cookies:

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be disabled in our systems. They are usually only set up in response to your actions, such as setting up your privacy preferences, logging in, or filling in forms. They are necessary for good communication and facilitate navigating (for example, returning to a previous page, etc.).

3.2 Non-essential cookies:

These cookies are not necessary for the website to function, but they do help us to offer an improved website.

  • Functional cookies: These cookies enable the website to offer improved functionality.
  • Analytical cookies: With these cookies, we can track visits and traffic so that we can measure and enhance the performance of our site. They help us to determine which pages are the most and the least popular and how visitors move through the site.

We use two types of cookies, namely our own functional cookies and cookies of carefully selected partners with whom we cooperate.

Functional cookies used by the Red Cross EU Office: Two cookies enable the website to offer improved functionality and personalisation - Retention period: 2 hours.
Analytical cookies used by the Red Cross EU Office: One cookie - Retention period: 26 months (Google Analytics).

4. Management of cookies

Make sure that cookies are enabled in your web browser. If you want to consult the website of the Red Cross EU Office, it is recommended you enable cookies. However, you are free to disable cookies in your browser settings if you wish to do so. 
To enable or disable cookies, you must change your browser settings (via the "preferences" or "options" tab). The following links will give you more information on how to manage your cookies. You can also consult the "help" tab of your browser.

5. Rights of the visitors 

Since cookies may constitute a processing of personal data, you as a data subject have the right to the lawful and secure processing of personal data. 

You can find more information about cookies at:

You can find more information about online behavioural advertising and online privacy here:

More information about your rights and how we collect and process your personal data, can be found in our Privacy Notice Third Parties. Should you have further questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact us via email:, or by post to: Red Cross EU Office Director, Rue de Treves 59-61, 1040 Brussels, Belgium.


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