Cookies on the EIF website

Version 1 - 20 September 2018

The website of the European Investment Fund (EIF) available under and uses so-called ‘cookies’.

Cookies are small text files stored on your computer or mobile device. They help the EIF website remember your actions and preferences during your visit (‘session cookies’) or over time, so you don’t have to re-enter information when you return to the web pages (including forms) that you previously consulted (‘permanent cookies’).

In general, cookies can be placed by the website servers that the user visits (‘first party cookies’) or by a partner with whom the website collaborates (‘third party cookies’).

Occasionally, for processing certain operations or respond to queries submitted to us on the website, the EIF might use cookies to collect personal data. The EIF processes the personal data in accordance with its privacy policy available here.

How does the EIF use cookies?

The EIF uses cookies in different ways, including:

  • Remembering preferences you’ve chosen previously, such as language;
  • Analysing how you use the site so we can keep making improvements;
  • Providing you a more personalised experience

Cookies used by the EIF

  • Functional cookies
Cookie name Purpose Description of use Expiry
JSESSIONID Browser session ID To identify unique browser session on the webserver. To store some information temporarily entered into website forms, so that it can be remembered between visits to different pages. Close of browsing session
  • Performance cookies
Cookie name Purpose Description of use Expiry
callback Remember notification preferences Used only on specific pages to log if a site notification has appeared previously. Once you’ve seen a notification, this cookie prevents it from appearing again. Close of browsing session
  • Third party cookies 
Cookie name Service Purpose Description of use Expiry
_ga Google Analytics Monitoring website use Used by Google’s web analytics service. Helps understand the use of the website. 1 year
_gid Google Analytics Monitoring website use Used to distinguish users. 24 hours
_gat Google Analytics Monitoring website use Does not store any user information. Used to limit the number of requests. 1 year

Further information on Google Analytics cookies

This is a commonly used web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. to help analyse website use. The information generated by the cookies – standard internet log information (including your IP address) and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form – is transmitted to and stored by Google including on its servers in the United States. 

In accordance with its Privacy Shield Certification, Google declares that it complies with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework. Google may transfer the information collected by Google Analytics to third parties where it is 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 the data subject IP address with any other data held by Google.

If you wish to obtain more information on how Google Analytics works, including details on the Google analytics opt-out, please see more information here.

You may refuse the use of Google Analytics cookies by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on corresponding to your browser.

Managing cookies in your browser

Most browsers allow you to manage your website cookies, enabling you to delete or block cookies. By deleting cookies, any preferences previously made will be lost. By blocking cookies completely, websites may not function properly, including embedded videos and web streaming features.

More information on deleting or refusing cookies on different web browsers:

To find out more about managing cookies, you may wish to consult this website: ‘All about cookies’ 


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