Privacy policy

The following describes the procedures and policies for the handling of the personal data of users who visit the portal (hereinafter the “website”).

This information is provided, in accordance with Articles 13 and 14 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679, to all users who, as a part of their interactions with the website, provide the Department for Cohesion Policies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (hereinafter also “the Department”).

The validity of the information provided herein is limited exclusively to the website and so does not extend to other websites that may be accessible by way of hyperlinks found on this website.

By making use of this site, users accept this disclosure and are, therefore, invited to read it prior to providing personal information of any kind.

The data controller is the Department for Cohesion Policies - Presidency of the Council of Ministers (Largo Chigi 19; Rome, Italy).

The Responsible for the data protection (DPO) may be reached on following e-mail:

The data collected with the information request form are processed at the offices of the Department and are handled electronically, adopting appropriate security measures, by employees in service at those offices.

When necessary for activities related to technology maintenance for the Website, personal data connected with the services required may be handled by data processors at the company DEPP S.r.l., as a data processor in accordance with Article 28 of Reg. (EU) 2016/679.

1. Types of data and purpose of processing

All personal data provided through this website will be processed appropriately and in a legal manner in order to provide the services requested and to reply to the questions and other communications of the users, while pursuing the purposes of the website.

a)     Information provided voluntarily

The website can be used to submit requests and other communications to the Department using the addresses and contact forms found on the website. The provision of this information is mandatory and necessary in order to reply to the communications sent and to contact the sender in order to obtain clarifications and other related information.

More specifically, personal information is provided by users for the purposes of identification or to sign up for website services:

- user identification takes place when filling out the following forms: the form on the Contact us page in order to request information, provide suggestions, report ways of reusing data, etc. and the form to sign up for the Newsletter  and to receive other news and information regarding the implementation of cohesion policies and on the OpenCoesione initiative generally;

b)     Browser data

This type of data includes: IP addresses or domain names of the computers used to connect to the website; the Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) of the resources requested, the time of the request, and the method used to submit the request to the server; the size of the file received; the code number indicating the status of the response given by the server (success, error, etc.); and other parameters related to the user’s operating system and IT environment (e.g. the name of the network used to connect). This browser data is not gathered for the purpose of user identification, but solely for the purpose of gathering anonymous statistics on the use of the website and its services.

2. Cookie policy

Cookies are small text files that the OpenCoesione website sends to users’ devices during their visits to the site. This data is stored and then retrieved by the website during subsequent visits.

When visiting the OpenCoesione website, users will, if necessary, be asked to provide their consent to the installation of cookies on their device of the types described below:

  • session cookies: these are used in order to enable the website to function properly and are not used to gather personal information to identify the user. User consent is not required to install these cookies, but users may decide to deactivate them at any time. It should be noted that failure to install session cookies could cause slowing or malfunctioning of the website. These cookies are saved only until the end of the browser session and are deleted when the browser is closed;
  • technical cookies: these are used to record user consent to the installation of analytics cookies or third-party cookies;
  • third-party analytics cookies: these are used to gather aggregate data on the number of users and on how users visit the OpenCoesione website. For these purposes, OpenCoesione uses Google Analytics, a service provided free of charge by Google, Inc., that makes it possible to measure how users interact with the website’s content. The service’s cookies policy and all cookies used by Google Analytics may be viewed here. It should be noted that this data is gathered solely for the purpose of calculating anonymous statistics on the use of the OpenCoesione website and to verify that the Website is functioning properly; the data is not used to send users advertising while they surf in line with navigation preferences;
  • third-party cookies: in order to enable users to share content on the leading social networks, the OpenCoesione website uses the service AddThis, the cookie policy for which may be found here. When visiting website webpages that include the AddThis plug-in or widget, certain information may be transmitted to this third party or to the operators of the social networks concerned. The Department does not have access to the data gathered, which is gathered and processed autonomously by the operators of the platforms specified. For more information on the procedures and policies for the processing of data by the social networks, see their respective privacy policies as follows:


  • third-party cookies: the OpenCoesione website uses a system to block spam that could be sent using the form on the Contact us page. In order to do this, OpenCoesione uses the service ReChaptcha, provided by Google, Inc. Therefore, when using this contact form, the cookies needed for the proper functioning of this service may be installed on the user’s device. For more information, see Google’s privacy policy.

Users may choose to enable or disable cookies, even after providing their consent, by changing their browser settings. For more information, see the instructions provided for each of the browsers below:

Nonetheless, it should be noted that the deactivation of cookies could compromise the proper functioning of the OpenCoesione website.

3. Purposes of processing and legal framework

  1. Data processing is carried out with the purpose of providing the service requested by the user, as well as of processing the requests forwarded by the user. Processing for these purposes is carried out with the specific consent of the data subject;
  2. For sending newsletters. Processing is based on the consent of the data subject;
  3. To ensure the proper functioning of web pages and their content. In this case, the processing of data is based on the legitimate interest of the Data Controller.

4. Data retention

The data referred to under point a) will be kept only for the time necessary to respond to the requests received.

The data referred to under point b) will be kept until the data subject requests the cancellation of the subscription.

Data relating to cookies will be deleted after 1 year .

5. Your rights

Data subjects have the right to request that the data controller provide access to personal data, correct or delete such data, or limit the processing that concerns them, as well as to object to data processing entirely (Articles 15 et seq. of Reg. (EU) 2016/679). 

Requests of this sort should be submitted to

This same contact information may also be used to request an updated list of all data processors appointed by the data controller.

Data subjects, under certain conditions, also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Authority in accordance with established procedures.

6. Updates

The Privacy Policy of this web site is valid from 19th November 2020 and is subject to updates. As such, users are invited to come back periodically to review it.