Privacy statement

CONNECT is a project run by PLATFORMA (the pan-European collation of local and regional governments – and their associations – active in town-to-town and region-to-region development cooperation) and VNG International (the international cooperation organisation of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities – VNG), with the support of the European Commission.



As a general rule, PLATFORMA and VNG International are keeping data of natural persons to a strict minimum: name and last name, email address and company.

These data are stored and used only to send CONNECT regular newsletter (called “What’s new about CONNECT?”). Very occasionally, these data might be used to send some emails about PLATFORMA and VNG International activities

These data are not shared with third parties. Natural persons have at any time the right to unsubscribe from this newsletter contact list.


CONNECT exchanges

In the context of CONNECT exchanges, it is necessary for PLATFORMA and VNG International to process personal data of partner organisations, beneficiaries, experts and others both inside and outside the EU.

When using this data, PLATFORMA and VNG International give primary consideration to the interests of their contacts, including guaranteeing the privacy rights of those involved, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Only in this context, personal data may be shared with third parties as long as it is compatible with the purpose for which the data were collected and the data subjects are informed in advance and agree to share their data.

If sharing with third parties is not compatible with the original purpose, the data subject’s consent is required before data can be shared with third parties. This consent may be withdrawn at any time.

Personal data will not be kept for longer than is necessary to achieve the purposes for which your data were collected.

If, nevertheless, you suspect that your data is not adequately protected or if there are signs of misuse, please contact


Rights of the data subject

Natural persons have the right to access, correct and delete their personal data from the newsletter contact list or can send a request for access, correction or removal to



PLATFORMA and VNG International only use technical and functional cookies. A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer, tablet or smartphone during your first visit to the website. The cookies used by PLATFORMA and VNG International are necessary for the technical operation of the website and your convenience. They ensure that the website works properly and remembers, for example, your preferred settings. It also enables us to optimise our website. In addition, we place cookies that track your browsing behaviour so that we can provide customised content. You can unsubscribe from cookies by setting your internet browser to no longer store cookies. In addition, you can also delete all information previously stored through the settings of the browser.



PLATFORMA and VNG International reserve the right to make changes to this privacy statement. We will inform you by our newsletter when the privacy policy is modified.