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To make this site work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device. Most websites do this.

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don't have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.

How do we use cookies?

A number of our pages use cookies to:

  • gather anonymous statistics
  • remember if you have already replied to a survey pop-up that asks you if the content was helpful or not (so you won't be asked again)
  • remember if you have already agreed (or not) to our use of cookies on this site

The EIT website uses Matomo, a free web analytics service, to analyse visitor figures to the EIT website. Matomo uses cookies to store some information about visitors between visits. The information generated by the cookie will be used by the EIT to evaluate your use of the website, enabling the EIT to compile reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by the EIT in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Enabling these cookies is not strictly necessary for the website to work but it will provide you with a better browsing experience. You can delete or block these cookies, but if you do that some features of this site may not work as intended.

The cookie-related information is not used to identify you personally. These cookies are not used for any purpose other than those described here.

Do we use other cookies?

Because some services (videos - YouTube, social media - Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram) are provided by third parties, these third parties may use additional or different cookies to those described above. 

First-party cookies - EIT cookies

CookieWhat the cookie is used for and what information each cookie collectsWho uses the informationDuration of cookie
piwik_ignoreThe cookie stores whether a user has opted-out from being tracked by Matomo. All visitors with a piwik_ignore cookie are not being tracked.This cookie does not store any user information.Two years
has_jsDrupal uses this cookie to indicate whether or not the visitors browser has JavaScript enabled.This cookie does not store any user information.past date time, recreated each time
infovisualPromoContent3Stores that a user has seen and closed the promo pop-up for /eit-community-at-a-glance page.This cookie does not store any user information.60 days
cookie-agreed-enStores whether a user has accepted the usage of cookies on the EIT website.This cookie does not store any user information.100 days
_pk_refThis cookie is set by the web analytics service Piwik.
These cookies hold information about referrers of the visitor.
_pk_idThis cookie is set by the web analytics service Piwik.
This cookie keeps visitor ID value used by Piwik to recognize returning visitors.
We have enabled the 'Replace User ID with a pseudonym' feature of PIWIK with which, the User ID is replaced by a pseudonym to avoid directly storing and displaying personally identifiable information.
EIT28 days
_pk_sesThis cookie is set by the web analytics service Piwik.
Session cookies are responsible for keeping the session active for 30 minutes after last tracked action, when they expire the visit is considered as ended.
This cookie keeps:
- Time of the first visit for this user
- Time of the previous visit for this user
- Number of visits for this user
EIT30 minutes
_pk_testclookieUsed to check whether the vistor's broswer supports cookies.This cookie does not store any user information.Expires when the browser session ends
MATOMO_SESSIDCreated when the opt-out feature is used.This cookie does not store any user information.Temporary

Third-party cookies

CookieWhat the cookie is used for and what information exactly each cookie collectsWho uses the informationDuration of cookie
BCIDSLB                                                                                                               This cookie is created by the European Commission when a user of the EIT website accesses a map. For more information on this cookie, please visit This is because the maps used on the EIT website at and, which are created by OpenStreetMap, are provided through the European Commission's webtools.

How to control cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish - for details, see You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.