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Cookie policy

European websites must follow the Commission's guidelines on privacy and data protection and inform users that cookies are not being used to gather information unnecessarily. The ePrivacy directive – more specifically Article 5(3) – requires prior informed consent for storage or access to information stored on a user's terminal equipment.  In other words, you must ask users if they agree to most cookies and similar technologies (e.g. web beacons, Flash cookies, etc.) before the site starts to use them. For consent to be valid, it must be informed, specific, freely given and must constitute a real indication of the individual's wishes.

When you visit, we may use cookies to collect user information.

By using our Website you consent to our use of cookies as described below.


Ein Cookie ist eine kleine Textdatei, die ein Webportal auf Ihrem Rechner, Tablet-Computer oder Smartphone hinterlässt, wenn Sie es besuchen. So kann sich das Portal bestimmte Eingaben und Einstellungen (z. B. Login, Sprache, Schriftgröße und andere Anzeigepräferenzen) über einen bestimmten Zeitraum „merken“, und Sie brauchen diese nicht bei jedem weiteren Besuch und beim Navigieren im Portal erneut vorzunehmen.


Strictly Necessary

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to browse our site and use its features. The information collected by these cookies relate to the operation of our site, for example website scripting language and security tokens to maintain secure areas of our site.


These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. They are placed on the site by Google, Inc. an American Corporation. It collects information anonymously, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited on the site. This information is then used by Google to make reports for us and to help us improve the site.

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You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (learn how here). Doing so, however, will probably limit the functionality of our and a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.

It may be that your concerns around cookies relate to so called 'spyware'. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser, you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.


This  statement on the use of cookies can change in future.

last update: 5 March 2016