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European Union: Legal use of the flag

Last modified: 2005-09-10 by ivan sache
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Protection of the European Union flag

Quoting the official website of the European Union:

Use by third parties

The European emblem may be used only if:

  • there is no likelihood of the user of the emblem being confused with the European Community or the Council of Europe;
  • the emblem is not used in connection with objectives or activities which are incompatible with the aims and principles of the European Community or of the Council of Europe.

Permission to use the European emblem does not confer on those to whom it is granted any right of exclusive use, nor does it allow them to appropriate the emblem or any similar trademark or logo, either by registration or any other means.

Each case will be examined individually to ascertain whether it satisfies the criteria set out above. This will be unlikely in a commercial context if the European emblem is used in conjunction with a company's own logo, name or trade mark.


  • European Commission, Secretariat-General, B-1049 Brussels. Tel. (+32-2) 296 26 26; fax (+32-2) 296 59 60; e-mail:
  • Council of Europe, Directorate General of Legal Affairs, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex. Tel. (+33) 388 41 20 00; fax (+33) 388 41 37 39; e-mail:

Gerard van der Vaart, 10 October 2001

Graphical chart for the European Union

The graphical chart for the flag to be used in the aforementioned permitted instances is available on the official website of the European Union.

Ivan Sache, 16 April 2005