The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies (hereinafter
“WMCES”, “we” or “our”) is committed to protect your personal data. This
personal data that WMCES collects via its website and activities, to
explain why we collect these data and how we deal with your data.
functionalities or legal or regulatory changes. Any major changes will
be announced on our website. We therefore advise you to regularly check
2. Who is responsible for the processing of your personal data?
WMCES is responsible for the processing of your personal data. WMCES is a European political foundation (0892.052.283), whose registered office is established at Rue du Commerce 10, 1000 (Belgium). This means that WMCES determines for what purposes and with what means your personal data will be processed.
3. Which personal data do we process about you?
We collect your personal data in two ways, either directly from you or via third parties:
Information provided by you
We collect your information and personal data that we get directly from you:
when you visit our offices: data such as your name and company name.
when you subscribe to receive newsletters, event invitations, papers and podcasts or alerts for common projects with our partners: data such as your name, e-mail address, name of your organisation, position, whether you are a member of the press or not, topics of interests and preferred format (HTML/Plaintext).
when you register for an event: data such as your name, e-mail address, name of your organisation, position and whether you would like to receive invitations for future events.
when you become a member of WMCES: data such as your name, e-mail address, name of your organisation, position, country, date of election/nomination and duration of mandate, phone number and postal address.
when you contact us directly by e-mail, phone or otherwise: data such as your name, e-mail address, name of your organisation, phone number, the content of your correspondence with WMCES and any other personal data you provide that may be relevant to answering your question.
when you give us your business card: data such as your name, e-mail address, name of your organisation and phone number.
when you apply for a job with WMCES: data such as your name, your contact information, your resume, your grades, your correspondence with WMCES and other documents you provide us with.
Information from other sources
We also collect information from other sources:
when you visit our building: data such as camera images processed by surveillance cameras at the entrance of our building.
when you browse our website: data we receive from cookie providers about your activity on our website.
when you interact with us on social media platforms: data we receive from social media platforms.
Automatically obtained information When you browse our website, we receive data from cookie providers about your activity on our website. This information does not allow us to identify you directly. Therefore, we cannot know who you are merely based on the automatically obtained information. We can combine the automatically obtained information with the information provided by you.
4. For which purposes and on what legal basis do we process your personal data?
We process your personal data for the following purposes:
to protect our building from access by unauthorised persons;
to send you event invitations and notifications for new releases and content such as papers and podcasts, blog posts, our monthly newsletter or the newsletter about our joint activities with our partners;
to register your participation to events;
to register your membership;to answer your questions and exchange information with you;to add your contact details in our database;
to contact you in the context of a selection and recruitment process;
to secure and improve our websites and newsletters;
Depending on the individual case, the processing of your personal data is based on:
your consent, e.g. by ticking a box to this effect during your navigation on our site. In this case, you have the right to withdraw your consent for the future at all time (please refer to question 10);
your request to take certain steps prior to entering into a contract (such as an internship), or when the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with you (such as the membership with WMCES);
a legal obligation to which WMCE is subject (such as the European Regulation regarding the statute and funding of European political foundations) or its legitimate activities to process personal data of members, former members or persons who have regular contact with WMCES.
5. With whom do we share your personal data?
WMCES shares your data with the following third parties:
service providers to provide services for us, such as marketing agencies, web hosting companies, mailing vendors (e.g. Mailchimp, Salesforce or Typeform);
service providers to provide services for us in relation to our activities, such as the organisation of (network) events (e.g. event agencies, event hosting services, hotels, …);
European institutions such as the Authority for European political parties and European political foundations, the European Parliament, OLAF, the Court of Auditors and Member States, but only for auditing and control purposes within the context of the European Regulation regarding the statute and funding of European political foundations);
In addition, WMCES may be obliged to disclose your personal data if this is required by law or a court order.
In all cases, we are committed to ensuring the confidentiality of your data, which includes among other things that we conclude adequate contracts with our partners and service providers which impose confidentiality obligations on them.
6. Do we transfer your personal data outside the European Economic Area?
Some data may be stored or transferred outside the European Economic Area (EEA) for the purposes described in point 4 above. It is possible that this transfer occurs via third parties (as mentioned in point 5 above) established outside the EEA territory or because data are stored on a server located outside or accessible outside the EEA.
In this respect, WMCES is committed to ensuring an adequate level of protection for your data, in particular via an adequacy decision under article 45 GDPR for the country to which data are transferred (including certifications under the EU-US Privacy Shield), by concluding standard contractual clauses under article 46.2 GDPR, or by any other appropriate safeguards.
7. How are your personal data protected?
In order to guarantee the security of your personal data we have set in place a series of security measures and safeguards. Your personal data is stored on secure networks that may only be accessed by a limited number of persons holding special access rights and who undertake to respect and maintain its confidential nature.
Despite these measures, due care should be taken when storing and/or sharing your personal data, particularly when connecting via unsecure or public networks.
WMCES furthermore has committed to ensure that the service providers that process personal data on behalf of us also implement sufficient technical and organisational measures.
8. How long do we keep your personal data?
The collected data are kept as long as necessary to provide our services and for the purposes described in question 4 above, while taking into account our legal and contractual obligations. This means for example that we will no longer use your personal data to send you our newsletters if you have informed us that you no longer want to receive them. Personal data may be stored for a longer period in order to establish, exercise and defend our legal position in the event of claims or disputes.
In addition, you have the right to request the deletion of your data. Please refer in this regard to question 10 below.
9. What about links to other websites and social media?
10. What are your rights as a data subject?
You have a number of rights with regard to your personal data. Some of these rights may be subject to conditions or exceptions.
You have a right of access to your data, a right to correct your data, a right to the erasure of your data, a right to limit the processing of your data and a right to ask the portability of your data.
You also have a right to object to the processing of your data in general as well as to the processing of your data for direct marketing and profiling purposes.
If the processing of your data is based on consent, you also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time, without this affecting the legitimacy of the processing done prior to the withdrawal of your consent.
You can send your request by e-mail to email@example.com or by mail to the address mentioned below. To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before processing your request.
In every e-mail that we send, there is an option to update your information or unsubscribe.
You have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority of your habitual residence, your place of work or the place of an alleged infringement of the GDPR. The Belgian Data Protection Authority is the supervisory authority for Belgium and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. How can you contact us?
1. Website of WMCES and cookies
We may also use other technologies (e.g. the Facebook pixel code) for similar purposes as described in this policy and we may include them on our website, in marketing e-mail messages or our newsletters, to determine whether messages have been opened and links have been clicked on. The information provided below about cookies also applies to these other technologies.
2. What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are installed on your browser, on your computer or on your mobile device. They allow a website to recognize your device. Cookies can have several purposes: to ensure that the website takes into account the user’s preferences by for example remembering language preferences, passwords and log-in details, to collect statistical data, to adapt the content etc.
3. Which cookies do we use?
Below you will find a summary of the cookies that WMCES uses on its website based on the purpose for which they are collected.
Functional cookies are aimed at facilitating visits to our website and improving user-friendliness.
Name of the cookie
Analytical cookies allow us to recognise and to count the number of visitors to our website, to see how visitors move around the website when they are using it and to record which content viewers view and are interested in. This helps us to determine how frequently particular pages are visited and to determine the most popular areas of our website. They give us insight into the performance of our website. For this purpose, we primarily use third party cookies from Google Analytics.
When you visit our website for the first time, we will inform you about this and ask your consent.
Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website
Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate
Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website
Tracking and advertisement cookies
These cookies track the users on different websites and are used to collect information about the user’s browsing habits in order to make advertising more relevant to the user and his interests.
We use third party cookies to understand how users arrive on our website and how they interact with us on the website. This information is used to evaluate and improve the content of our website and ultimately to improve user experience.
Name of the cookie
This cookie is used to show and measure ads and to improve the relevance of ads.
This cookie is used for routing.
This cookie is used for tracking the use of embedded services.
This cookie is used to identify trusted web traffic.
This cookie is used to traffic website visits.
This cookie is used to identify the traffic source URL of the visitor’s original referrer, if any.
This cookie is used to distinguish the current users session.
This cookie is used to identify the ID of the visitors current recording.
This cookie is used to account the total number of visitors.
4. How can you delete or block our cookies or change your cookie settings?
Basic regulations regarding European political foundations
The activities of European political foundations fall under European regulations; these regulations refer to the legal framework, internal functioning and funding, as well as the financing, judicial control, transparency and accountability of European political foundations. To consult the two main regulations, please follow the link below:
In compliance with European regulations and pursuing the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies’ aim of transparency, the financial reports of previous years are open to public enquiry on the European Parliament website: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/contracts-and-grants
The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies strives to keep the information on this website accurate and current, and we will make every effort to address errors as soon as possible. However, the content of this page is of a general nature, it can lack comprehensiveness, completeness and can be out of date.
By using this website you accept that any actions taken based on the information of this website will not harm the Centre’s employees, authors and partners.
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