1. Terms and conditions
The website (“Website”) of the European Stability Mechanism (“ESM”) presents news, information and images of ESM activities and the activities of the European Financial Stability Facility (“EFSF”) and provides direct access to their information, documents, data and materials.
The Website offers to the general public the opportunity to learn more about the ESM and EFSF and their activities.
Access to, and use of, the Website constitutes acceptance of the following terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”). Please read these Terms and Conditions as they apply to your use of the Website. If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions, please do not use this Website.
The ESM may at any time make changes to these Terms and Conditions, the information, names, images, pictures, logos and icons described in this Website, with or without notice. The continued use of the Website following any changes to these Terms and Conditions will mean you accept such changes.
The Website contains copyrighted material, trademarks and other proprietary information including text, photos and graphics. You may not publish, display, modify, transmit, transfer, create derivative works, or in any way commercially exploit the content of this Website without the express prior written authorisation of the ESM or the EFSF, respectively and/or the copyright owner, or except as otherwise expressly permitted under copyright law. You acknowledge that the ESM and/or the EFSF and/or the copyright owner retains ownership of the content of this Website and that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading any content from this Website.
Neither the ESM nor the EFSF represent that the Website or any content, service or feature thereof will be error-free or uninterrupted, or that any defects will be corrected, or that your use of the Website will provide specific results. The Website and its content are delivered on an “as-is” and “as-available” basis. All information provided on the Website is subject to change without notice. Neither the ESM nor the EFSF guarantee that any files or other data you download from the Website will be free of viruses or contamination or destructive features. The ESM and the EFSF disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including any warranties of accuracy, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
This Website is intended for information purposes only, and nothing in it constitutes (or should be construed as) an offer to sell any investment. Without prejudice to their rights under applicable law, users are responsible for verifying with independent or official sources that this Website’s contents and information are accurate and up-to-date before taking any actions, in particular taking investment decisions.
The Website may contain links to other websites and references to other websites maintained by third parties. Such links are merely provided for the convenience and the interest of users. Neither the ESM nor the EFSF gives or makes any warranties, undertakings or representations as to the availability, accuracy, currency, quality, completeness or fitness for purpose of any information contained in such websites nor do either of them endorse or accept any responsibility for the contents, advertising, products or other materials made available on or through such websites. Under no circumstances shall the ESM or the EFSF be held responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage caused or alleged to have been caused to a user in connection with such websites.
No part of these Terms and Conditions shall constitute or be interpreted as a waiver of the privileges and immunities of the ESM and the EFSF.
Use of the ESM and EFSF logos
The ESM and EFSF logos are owned by the ESM and EFSF, respectively and are protected by trademarks. You may not modify or create derivatives of the ESM or EFSF logos. Any use, reproduction, publication, display, transmission, making available to the public or exploitation of the ESM or EFSF logos requires prior written authorisation by the ESM or the EFSF, as applicable.
2. Privacy statement
This privacy statement applies to www.esm.europa.eu only.
Privacy of Personal Information
Out of respect for the privacy of its users, the Website (http://www.esm.europa.eu) refrains from obtaining personal information from users without their consent, other than as described below.
The Website, either directly or through a service provider, stores the Internet protocol (IP) address of your computer, the browser software and operating system used, and the date and time of your visit. The IP address is a number that is allocated to your computer when you are surfing the internet.
This information is used by the ESM to compile statistics concerning which countries the users of the Website visit from, when they visit, and other information about how users access the Website. The ESM also monitors network traffic to identify unauthorised attempts to upload or change information or to otherwise cause damage to the Website.
The ESM will also process the personal data you submit voluntarily (such as your email address when subscribing to publications) as necessary to provide the services you request.
The ESM does not distribute, sell or rent any personal information collected via its Website. This is also true for personal information (for example, email and postal addresses) sent to the Website’s email addresses. The ESM does not send unsolicited emails to users of its Website. The transmission of personal information entered via the website’s registration forms (e.g., ESM Careers page) is protected by security features. If you submit your CV or any other information or data via the ESM Careers page the ESM will retain this information in its HR database for a maximum period of five years, except for video files in the case of online video job interviews, which will be deleted automatically, at the latest one year after the video file has been recorded. Upon specific request of the candidate to the HR division of the ESM, applications and personal data can be deleted at any time. All application data and documents will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
You have the right to access and rectify personal data the ESM has collected and processes on you by contacting the ESM (see contact section of the Website).
A cookie is a piece of data that websites send to a user’s web browser in order to understand more about that user’s interests and intentions in using the Website. Cookies help the ESM to know which pages are visited more often, how you interact with the Website, create metrics and statistics and allow the ESM to ensure that its Website responds to the user’s needs.
The Website may use both persistent cookies (text cookies) and session cookies. A persistent cookie is a file that might contain user personal information. It is stored on a user's computer. The Website uses persistent cookies to understand which pages on the Website are popular and to recognise repeat visitors. Session cookies allow the Website to validate access to any secure areas after you have logged in - these are not stored on a user’s computer.