What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files stored on your computer or mobile device by websites that you visit.

  • Direct cookies are the cookies from the website you are visiting. Only that website can read them. A website can also use external services, which will place their own third-party or indirect cookies.

  • When you exit your browser, temporary cookies are deleted, but permanent cookies remain stored on your computer and are not automatically deleted.

You must either accept or reject cookies each time you visit the SKP website.

The purpose is to enable the site to remember your preferences (such as user name, language, etc.) for a certain period of time.

This eliminates the need to re-enter them each time you visit other pages.

Cookies can also be used to collect anonymous statistics about the browsing experience on our sites.

How do we use cookies?

SKP’s website mostly uses direct cookies. These are cookies that are set and controlled by SKP or our IT partner.

We use three types of direct cookies to:

  • save visitor preferences
  • make our websites operational
  • collect analytical data (on browsing behaviour)

Visitor preferences

These are set by us and only we can read them. They remember whether you have accepted (or rejected) the website’s cookie policy




Cookie type and lifetime



Ensures that the visitor and the web server remain connected while surfing. Expires after 6 hours or when the user closes the browser (session).

Expires after 6 hours or when the user closes the browser (session).



Remembers that the visitor has accepted the cookie notification when starting the website. After the cookie notification is accepted, this approval is saved so that the banner is not shown again unnecessarily.

Expires after 10 years.





Operational cookies

There are some cookies that we need to place in order to enable certain web pages to function. Your consent is therefore not required for these. This applies in particular to:

  • authentication cookies
  • technical cookies required for certain IT systems


Authentication cookies

These are stored when you log on to our site. You automatically accept the related privacy policy as soon as you log on.





Cookie type and lifetime

 Not applicable


Technical cookies





Cookie type and lifetime






Not applicable



Analytical cookies

We use these purely for internal research on how we can improve the service we provide to all our users.

The cookies only analyse how you interact with our website — as an anonymous user (the data collected does not identify you personally).

This data is not shared with others or used for any other purpose. The anonymised statistics may be shared with contractors working on communication projects under an agreement with the Commission.

You may however refuse this type of cookie via the cookie banner that you will see on the first page of our website you visit





Cookie type and lifetime

_ga (Google Analytics)


Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

Expires after 2 years.





_gid (Google Analytics)


Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.(anonymously – no personal information about the user is collected)

Expires after 24 hours.





_gat (Google Analytics)


Used in Google Analytics to slow down request speed

Expires after the browser is closed (session).







Commercial cookies





Cookie type and lifetime

1P_JAR (Google.com, Google.be)


Displays customised ads on Google websites based on recent searches and previous interactions.

Expires after 1 year.





CONSENT (Google.com, Google.be)


Collects data for Google Analytics for creating an anonymous user profile and assessing whether advertisements are effective.

Expires after 2 years.





NID (Google.com, Google.be)


Registers a unique ID that identifies the device of a user on returning visits. The ID is used for targeted ads.

Expires after 6 months.




AID (Google.com, Googleadservices.com)


This is used to link your activity across various devices in case you had earlier signed in to your Google Account

via another device.

Expires after 19 months.




OGPC (Google.be)


Used by Google/YouTube when embedding a video on a page.

Expires after 1 month.




sb (Facebook.com)


Gives control over the “Follow us on Facebook” and “Like” buttons, collects language settings and enables you to share the page.

Expires after 3 months.




datr (Facebook.com)


Helps Facebook identify suspicious login activities.

Expires after 3 months.




wd (Facebook.com)


Stores the browser window dimensions and Facebook uses the same to optimise the page display.

Expires when the browser is closed (session).




fr (Facebook.com)


Gives control over the “Follow us on Facebook” and “Like” buttons.

Expires after 3 months.




IDE (Doubleclick.net)


Google DoubleClick uses it to record and report on the website user’s actions after he/she views or clicks on one of the advertiser’s ads, with a view to assessing the effectiveness of an advertisement and to present targeted ads to the user.

Expires after 1 year.




uvc (Addtoany.com)


Updates the counter for the social sharing features of the website.

Expires when the browser is closed (session).



























Only if applicable Third-party cookies

Some of our pages display content from third-party providers, such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

To view this third-party content, you first have to accept their specific terms and conditions. This includes their cookie policy, which is beyond our control. But if you do not view this content, no third-party cookies will be installed on your device.

Third-party providers on SKP websites

Google Maps

SKP has no control over these external services. Providers may, at any time, change their terms of use, purpose and use of cookies, etc.

How can you manage cookies?

You can manage/delete cookies as you wish. More information will be found at aboutcookies.org.

Deleting cookies

You can delete all cookies already on your device by clearing your browser history. This deletes all cookies from all visited websites.

Please note: you may also lose certain stored information (e.g. login data, website preferences).

Managing site-specific cookies

For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, please review your browser’s privacy and cookie settings.

Blocking Cookies

Most modern browsers can be set to exclude cookies from being placed on your device, but in that case you may have to set your preferences every time you visit a site/page. And some services and functions will not work at all or properly (e.g. logging in with profile).


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