Cookie Policy

Definition of terms

Cookies are small data packets placed on the internet user's terminal equipment and used by a website to send information to the user's browser so that the browser can send data back to the website concerned (e.g. session identification, language choice, date).

A cookie makes it possible to save information about an internet user's visit to the different pages of a website or for a return visit to that website.

Only those who create a cookie can read or modify the information it contains.

There are various types of cookie:

session cookies that are deleted when you leave the site;
permanent cookies that are stored on your computer until they expire or until you delete them yourself using the settings in the browser.
You are hereby informed that if you visit the website, a message will appear informing you that cookies may be placed on your terminal equipment.

Purpose of cookies

The Benelux Secretariat-General uses cookies to measure visitor traffic and the use of the site.

What cookies does the Benelux Secretariat-General use?

The Benelux Secretariat General makes restricted use of third-party cookies on its website to achieve certain objectives.

To this end, the Benelux Secretariat-General uses the services of the American company Google Inc.

The data collected via cookies is transmitted to and stored by Google Inc. This company adheres to the Privacy Shield Framework and therefore ensures an adequate level of protection for personal data.

Google Analytics is a service measuring visitor traffic and site use. These cookies are installed on the user's terminal equipment and are read when the user consults a website using the Google Analytics service.

The information generated by these cookies concerns:

your use of the site;
your IP address, to determine your location. As soon as the location has been determined, this information is immediately anonymised and not disclosed to the Benelux Secretariat-General.
More information about the Google Analytics service can be found at (external link)

Types of cookies

There are different types of cookies, categorised according to their duration, origin and function.

In terms of duration, a distinction can be made between permanent cookies and session cookies.

  • Permanent cookies: these cookies remain on your device for a time after each visit to our website. They are activated each time you revisit the website.
  • Session cookies: these cookies remain on your device during your visit to the website, but are immediately removed when you leave the site.

There are also cookies which are categorised as first-party and third-party cookies, depending on their source.

  • First-party cookie: these are cookies installed by the website that you are visiting at the time.
  • Third-party cookies: these cookies are installed on the website by a third party.

Finally, there are also cookies that are categorised by functionality.

  • Functional cookies: these are cookies that are necessary. If they are removed, the website will not function properly.
  • Non-functional cookies: these are cookies which are not necessary for the website to function, but can be categorised by their purpose.
    • Statistical (analytics and/or tracking)

This cookie policy has been established by the Benelux Secretariat-General for its website (

During your visit to this website, cookies or similar technologies may be used to improve the overall user experience.

Cookies are small data files that are installed on your computer or mobile device. These data files contain the information necessary to facilitate your visit.

This cookie policy explains what kind of cookies are used on the web site and how you can remove them.

What cookies are used on this website?

Cookie name


Expiry time




This is a permanent Google Analytics cookie which is used to distinguish individual users (anonymously).

  2 years

 Google Analytics

Statistical cookie


This is a Google Analytics cookie which is used to to maintain session status.

  2 years

 Google Analytics

Statistical cookie

cookieconsent_status This cookie keeps track of the type of cookies the user has accepted. If the user opts not to accept cookies, only functional cookies are used.

100 days

Functional cookie


CMS-cookie die niets doet voor de gebruiker op de website maar nodig is voor het onderhoud van de website

end of browser    session


Functional cookie



Installing and reading cookies makes it possible to analyse the browsing behaviour of visitors to our website and to measure visitor traffic.

To manage the cookies used by the Benelux Secretariat-General on its website, you can adjust your browser settings as described below.

Cookie management

How can you remove cookies?

Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default, but you still have the option to accept all cookies, to refuse cookies systematically, or to choose which cookies to accept, depending on the source. You can also set your browser to accept or reject cookies on a case-by-case basis before they are installed. You can also delete cookies regularly via your browser. However, it is important to adjust the browser settings on all the end devices you use (tablets, smartphones, computers).

The settings for managing cookies and options may vary from one browser to another. Your browser's help menu describes how to change your cookie settings. For example:

For Internet Explorer™: (external link)

For Safari™: (external link)

For Chrome™: (external link)

For Firefox™: (external link)

For Edge™: (external link)

Please note that if you configure your browser so that cookies are disabled, certain functions, pages and parts of the site may not be accessible. This falls outside our liability.

If you refuse the installation or use of a cookie, a refusal cookie is also placed on your terminal equipment. If you remove this refusal cookie, it is no longer possible to identify you as someone who has rejected the use of cookies. Similarly, an acceptance cookie is installed when you give your consent to the installation of cookies. Acceptance and refusal cookies must remain on your terminal equipment.


For further information on the Benelux Secretariat-General cookie policy, please contact the Data Protection Officer at the Benelux Secretariat-General at the e-mail