The Assistance Mechanism for the western Mediterranean would like to thank you accessing our website. Our Privacy statement explains how and why we use the personal data we collect The protection of your personal data privacy is important to us; therefore, we will never sell lists or email addresses to third parties.
Your personal data will be processed in compliance with Regulation 2018/1725  of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data and in particular Article 5(1)(a) because processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest (or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Union institution or body) and Article 5(1)(d) based on your explicit prior consent for non-compulsory data.
- ‘Data controller’: The data controller of the processing operation is Head of Unit of Unit D.3 “Sustainable Blue Economy” of the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), CINEA-EMFAF-CALLS@ec.europa.eu.
- ‘Data processor’: The Consortium led by Ecorys Brussels, Pescares Italia Srl (HCL) and Stratégies Mer et Littoral
- ‘We’, ‘us’ or ‘the WestMED Assistance Mechanism’: the Assistance Mechanism for the western Mediterranean, a service contract assigned by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) – European Commission;
- ‘Services’ or ‘website’: the WestMED Assistance Mechanism’s website and the tools we provide you with;
- ‘User’ or ‘you’: the individual who uses our services, whose personal data is being processed (user data);
- ‘Subscriber’: the person that actively subscribes to the newsletter or that provides us electronic information via the tools included on the website;
- ‘Usage data’: information on how the website is accessed and used.
Our Data Protection Notice is intended to be effective and applicable to any personal data we collect about our Users of the website
The data collected via subscription to the WestMED Initiative newsletter is processed through the CINEA Newsroom app. Its policy regarding data protection can be found here: https://cinea.ec.europa.eu/about-us/data-protection/cinea-data-protection-notice-communication-purposes_en
Which personal data we collect from you
Usage and Technical Data:
Usage data is collected in the form of cookies to make the website work properly, monitor usage (analytics) and to detect, prevent and address technical issues
As this website is labelled as Harmonised EC branded websites Group 3 – Partnership, it has installed a Cookie Consent Kit asking to agree with a set of predefined cookies that apply to all EC websites. This is controlled by the European Commission. Please visit this page for more information. https://ec.europa.eu/info/cookies_en
When you visit the website, you will be prompted to accept or refuse these cookies – covering both the EC installed cookies as well the website specific cookies.
When you contact us via contact form or email, we keep your data to reply. Emails related to general questions will be forwarded to Ecorys Spain (firstname.lastname@example.org). Emails to events will be forwarded to Ecorys Brussels (email@example.com)
When you subscribe to our newsletter, you will be redirected to the CINEA Newsroom app where the CINEA Data Protection Notice will apply: https://cinea.ec.europa.eu/about-us/data-protection/cinea-data-protection-notice-communication-purposes_en
The legal basis of the processing are:
- Council Regulation 58/2003 of 19 December 2002, laying down the Statute for executive agencies to be entrusted with certain tasks in the management of EU programmes;
- Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/173 of 12 February 2021 establishing the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency, … and repealing Implementing Decisions 2013/801/EU;
- Commission Decision C(2021)947 of 12 February 2021 delegating powers to the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency;
- Regulation (EU) No 508/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 2328/2003, (EC) No 861/2006, (EC) No 1198/2006 and (EC) No 791/2007 and Regulation (EU) No 1255/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 149/1 of 20.5.2014) (EMFF programme).
Who has access to your data
Your personal data is only disclosed to recipients on a need to know basis. The recipients of your personal data will be the central team of the WestMED Assistance Mechanism as well as CINEA or other designated Commission staff and/or bodies charged with monitoring or inspection tasks in application of EU law (e.g. internal audits, Court of Auditors, European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF).
Your personal data will not be transferred to third countries or international organisations.
The processing of your data will not include automated decision-making (such as profiling).
In case of audits or proceedings, etc., personal data may be provided to CINEA’s Internal Controller, DPO, Legal Sector, etc.
In addition, data may be disclosed to public authorities in accordance with Union and Member State law such as for instance the European Court of Justice or a national judge as well as the lawyers and the agents of the parties in case of a legal procedure, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the Internal Audit Service of the Commission, the Court of Auditors ,the European Ombudsman, the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.
We use the Bytemark hosting company, located in the UK and operating 2 data centres with servers in the UK. Therefore we owe to be compliant with the European Legislation in terms of privacy and data protection. Data collected from sources outside EU will anyway be treated in accordance with the applicable EU privacy and data protection Regulations, and in particular Regulation (EU) 2018/1725.
The data are stored in highly secured servers with daily backups. We also use an external security company called Sucuri that helps protect the website from hackers and malware.
Privacy statement Bytemark: https://www.bytemark.co.uk/privacy-statement/
Your data, your choice
We fully appreciate that you trust us with your personal data. We would therefore like to inform you of your rights in case you may no longer wish to share your data with us.
You have the right to access your personal data and to request your personal data to be rectified, if the data is inaccurate or incomplete; where applicable, you have the right to request restriction or to object to processing, to request a copy or erasure of your personal data held by the data controller. If processing is based on your consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time, without affecting the lawfulness of the processing based on your consent before its withdrawal.
Your request to exercise one of the above rights will be dealt without undue delay and within one month.
You can withdraw your consent at any time by unsubscribing when receiving the newsletter
However, in line with Article 25 of the Regulation, the data controller may restrict the rights of the data subjects based on the Decision of the Steering Committee (2020) 26 of 14/10/20 (OJEU L 45 on 9.2.2021, p. 80), in case where such restriction constitutes a measure necessary to safeguard the protection of the data subjects or the rights and freedoms of other data subjects, etc.
The main point of contact for Data Protection requests, questions and claims is the CINEA data controller (according to the EUGDPR): CINEA-DPO@ec.europa.eu
Public Information and Third Parties
Social Media Platforms and Widgets
Our Newsletter and website include social media features. These features may collect information about IP addresses and which page you are visiting on our site, and they may set a cookie to make sure the feature functions properly. Social media features and widgets are hosted by a third party. We also maintain presences on the social media platforms Twitter and YouTube. Any information, communications, or materials you submit to us via a social media platform is done at Subscribers’ own risk. We cannot control the actions of other users of these platforms or the actions of the platforms themselves. Subscribers’ interactions with those features and platforms are governed by the privacy policies of the companies that provide them.
The same applies to using the social media sharing buttons on our posts:
Privacy statement Facebook: https://www.youtube.com/t/terms
Privacy statement WhatsApp: https://www.whatsapp.com/legal/privacy-policy/?lang=en
Privacy statement LinkedIn: https://www.whatsapp.com/legal/privacy-policy/?lang=en
Links to Third-Party Sites
Our website and newsletter include links to other websites, whose privacy practices may be different from the ones applicable to this website. If you submit personal Information to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy policies. Within our website we also provide links to third party sites. Since we do not control them, we encourage you to review their privacy policies carefully. We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third-party sites or services.
Retention of Data
We will retain your Personal Data for the duration of the WestMED Assistance Mechanism (48 months).
Version June 2021
 Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC (OJ L295/39 of 21.11.2018).