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What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website stores on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. First-party cookies are cookies set by the website you’re visiting. Only that website can read them. In addition, a website might potentially use external services, which also set their own cookies, known as third-party cookies. Persistent cookies are cookies saved on your computer and that are not deleted automatically when you quit your browser, unlike a session cookie, which is deleted when you quit your browser.

Every time you visit the EMODnet Biology portal, you will be prompted to accept or refuse cookies. The purpose is to enable the site to remember your preferences for a certain period of time, so you don’t have to re-enter them when browsing around the site during the same visit.

Cookies can also be used to establish anonymised statistics about the browsing experience on our sites.

How do we use cookies?

EMODnet Central Portal mostly use "first-party cookies". These are cookies set and controlled by EMODnet Central Portal which is hosted by Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), not by any external organisation. However, to view some of our pages or content, you may have to accept cookies from external organisations.

The 3 types of first-party cookie we use are to:

  • store visitor preferences
  • make our websites operational
  • gather anonymized analytics data (about user behaviour)

Visitor preferences

These are set by us and only we can read them. They remember:

  • If you have agreed to (or refused) this site's cookie policy
  • If you have activated JavaScript in your browser
  • Which node of the website cluster you are using



Cookie type and duration


Stores your cookie preferences (so you won’t be asked again)

First-party session cookie deleted after you quit your browser


Registers whether or not the user has activated JavaScript in the browser

First-party session cookie deleted after you quit your browser


Assures a user keeps using to the same node of the website cluster, in order not to lose its session information

First-party session cookie deleted after you quit your browser

Analytics cookies


We use these purely for internal research on how we can improve the service we provide for all our users. The cookies simply assesses how you interact with our website - as an anonymous user (the data gathered does not identify you personally). These data are not shared with any third parties or used for any other purpose. The anonymised statistics could be shared with contractors working on communication projects under contractual agreement with the Commission. However, you are free to refuse these types of cookies - either via the cookie banner you’ll see on the first page you visit or at Matomo.




Cookie type and duration


Corporate web analytics service, based on Matomo open source software

Recognises website visitors (anonymously - no personal information is collected on the user).

First-party persistent cookie, 13 months


Corporate web analytics service, based on Matomo open source software

Identifies the pages viewed by the same user during the same visit. (anonymously - no personal information is collected on the user).

First-party persistent cookie, 30 minutes

Third-party cookies

Some of our pages display content from an external provider (YouTube). Youtube videos on the central portal are embedded using the Privacy Enhanced Mode without using cookies that track viewing behavior. We have no control over this external service, so this behavior and/or terms might change at any time.

How can you manage cookies?

You can manage/delete cookies as you wish - for details, see aboutcookies.org

Removing cookies from your device

You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited.

Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. site preferences).

Managing site-specific cookies

For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, check the privacy and cookie settings in your preferred browser.

Blocking cookies

You can set most modern browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device, but you may then have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site/page. When you block cookies, some services and functionalities may not work properly.





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