What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that a website stores on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site.
- First party cookies are cookies set by the website you’re visiting. Only that website can read them. In addition, a website might potentially use external services, which also set their own cookies, known as third-party cookies.
- Persistent cookies are cookies saved on your computer and that are not deleted automatically when you quit your browser, unlike a session cookie, which is deleted when you quit your browser.
- Third-party cookies are cookies developed by the third parties whose services are used in the VEPG websites.
The purpose is to enable the site to remember your preferences (such as user name, language, etc.) for a certain period of time.
That way, you don’t have to re-enter them when browsing around the site during the same visit.
Cookies can also be used to establish anonymised statistics about the browsing experience on our sites.
VEPG websites mostly use “first-party cookies”. These are cookies set and controlled by the EVSET Facility, the administrator of the VEPG website.
However, to view some of our pages, you will have to accept cookies from external organisations.
The 4 types of first-party cookie we use are to:
- Necessary cookies to store visitor preferences
- Functional cookies to perform certain features
- Analytical cookies to gather analytics data (about user behaviour)
- Other optional cookies
Cookie type and duration
Remember your cookies’ consent preferences (so you won’t be asked again). It does not collect or store any personal information about the site visitors.
First-party session cookie maintained for 1 year on your browser
Allows the website owner to implement or change the website’s content in real – time – so you won’t be asked again.
First-party session cookie, never
Remember the language you select when returning to the website and get the language information when unavailable in another way.
First-party session cookie maintained for 1 year
Youtube sets this cookie to track the views of embedded videos on Youtube pages.
YouTube sets this cookie to measure bandwidth, determining whether the user gets the new or old player interface.
5 months 27 days
A cookie used by Google Analytics. This cookie is used to store information about the user’s privacy settings, such as whether they have agreed to tracking. This cookie does not contain any personally identifiable information.
5 months 27 days
We use these purely for internal research on how we can improve the service we provide for all our users.
The cookies simply assess how you interact with our website – as an anonymous user (the data gathered does not identify you personally).
Also, this data is not shared with any third parties or used for any other purpose. The anonymised statistics could be shared with contractors working on communication projects under contractual agreement with the EVSET Facility.
However, you are free to refuse these types of cookies – either via the cookie banner you’ll see on the first page you visit or click the blue icon at the bottom left of the current page you are visiting.
Cookie type and duration
Facebook sets this cookie to display advertisements when either on Facebook or on a digital platform powered by Facebook advertising after visiting the website.
Third-party cookie, 3 months
YouTube sets this cookie via embedded YouTube videos and registers anonymous statistical data.
Third-party cookie, 2 years
The_pk_ses.1.a0bf cookie is a Matomo (also known as Piwik Pro) cookie that is used to identify unique visitors to a website. The cookie is set when a visitor first arrives on the website and is updated every time the visitor interacts with the website.
First party cookies, 1 year 27 days
The _pk_ses.1.a0bf cookie is a Matomo (also known as Piwik Pro) cookie that is used to store the session ID for a visitor to a website. The session ID is a unique identifier that is used to track the visitor’s activity on the website.
First party cookies, 29 minutes
Some of our pages display content from external providers, e.g. YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
To view this third-party content, you first have to accept their specific terms and conditions. This includes their cookie policies, which we have no control over.
But if you do not view this content, no third-party cookies are installed on your device.
Third-party providers on VEPG websites:
How can you manage cookies?
Removing cookies from your device
You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited.
Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences).
Managing site-specific cookies
For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, check the privacy and cookie settings in your preferred browser.
You can set most modern browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device, but you may then have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site/page. And some services and functionalities may not work properly at all.
Managing our analytics cookies
You can manage your preferences concerning cookies from Matomo Analytics by clicking the blue button at the bottom left of the current page you are visiting.