Privacy statement

Data protection legal framework applicable to the ECB

All personal data provided by participants will be processed in accordance with EU data protection law, in particular Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data and the ECB Implementing Decision (ECB/2007/1) and subsequent legislation amending or replacing these legal instruments.

What personal data are we processing?

We process:

  • the information that participants provide in the registration form such as name, surname, school name, address of the school, e-mail addresses of the team leader and teacher, and names of up to four further team members
  • photos and videos of the participants taken during the competition.

Who is responsible for the processing of your personal data?

The ECB is the data controller and the ECB’s Directorate General Communications is responsible for processing the personal data provided in the registration form. The Generation €uro website is hosted by Havas Worldwide Düsseldorf GmbH (formerly Euro RSCG GmbH), which processes the data collected via this website, under instruction from and on behalf of the ECB.

Who will receive your personal data?

Your personal data will be received by teams within the ECB’s Directorate General Communications that are in charge of managing the competition, as well as external providers involved in the organisation of the competition, such as hotels and an event agency.

Personal data collected through the Generation €uro website may also be transferred to the euro area national central banks to enable them to manage, where necessary, the competition at national level. The central banks to which the personal data may be disclosed are: Nationale Bank van België/Banque Nationale de Belgique, Deutsche Bundesbank, Central Bank of Ireland, Bank of Greece, Banco de España, Eesti Pank, Banque de France, Banca d’Italia, Central Bank of Cyprus,  Latvijas Banka, Lietuvos bankas, Banque centrale du Luxembourg, Bank Centrali ta’ Malta/Central Bank of Malta, De Nederlandsche Bank, Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Banco de Portugal, Banka Slovenije, Národná banka Slovenska, and Suomen Pankki – Finlands Bank. Any further processing of the personal data by the national central banks is subject to the guarantees provided in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Why are we processing your personal data and what is the legal basis for the processing?

Those who wish to enter the competition have to be over the age of 16 and must fill in the registration form on the Generation €uro website. All the participants’ data will be added to a database. All personal data is collected and processed for the purposes of managing the competition, accessing competition-related information, ranking the participants, awarding the prizes and contacting and providing the participants with relevant information. By entering their personal data, participants consent to the publication of the name of the winning team and its members on the websites of the ECB and/or national central banks and/or to their announcement at public events. It is also likely that photographs will be taken and short video recordings made of the winning teams on the national award days and at the final award event, and that these will be published by the ECB and/or national central banks on their websites, and/or by other EU institutions, and/or by nominated ECB partners, as well as on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
By providing the personal data requested, participants consent to their processing. Participants can withdraw their consent at any time by contacting the ECB’s Directorate General Communications ( Future processing of their personal information will stop once they have withdrawn their consent, but prior processing will remain lawful.

How long will we keep your data?

Personal data (such as name, surname, school name, address of the school, email address of the team leader and teacher) provided when registering on the Generation €uro website or by sending an email to will be retained by the ECB for three (3) years, starting from the day on which the personal data were submitted.
Personal data such as photos and videos taken during the competition will be retained by the ECB for five (5) years, starting from the day on which the personal data, including portraits, photographs or videos, were obtained.

Personal data on social media related to the competition will be retained for as long as the social media channels indicate in their privacy statement.

Your Rights

You have the right to access and rectify your personal data, to restrict processing of these data and, under certain conditions, to ask for the data to be deleted. Depending on the specifics of the processing operation, you may also have the right to data portability and to object to your data being processed.
You can exercise your rights by emailing the ECB’s Directorate General Communications at
For all queries relating to personal data, you can email the ECB’s Data Protection Officer at
You have the right of recourse to the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) at any time regarding the processing of your personal data.

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