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Cookie policy

The Flemish Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship with registered office at Koning Albert II laan 35 box 9, 1030 Brussels is responsible for this cookie policy. For all questions and/or comments, please contact the address above or the e-mail address of the Data Protection Officer of the Department of Economics, Science and Innovation

Last update May 2023

What are cookies?

This website uses so-called cookies. These are small data or text files that are automatically stored on the hard drive of your computer or mobile device and can only be read by this website. Cookies are used to make websites work better and more efficiently. The cookies recognize your device by means of a unique identification number when you return to the website and collect information about your browsing behavior on the website. This data is not used for marketing purposes.

Certain cookies may also be placed by a third party, for example Google Analytics to measure the use of the website (these are so-called third-party cookies) with the aim of making analyses and improving the website (e.g. making it more user-friendly). If you do not want such cookies to be placed on your computer, you can change your browser settings accordingly.

There are different types of cookies, which can be distinguished according to their purposes:

Essential or strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential for the website to function and cannot be disabled in our systems. With these types of cookies, no data can be traced back to individual persons.

Non-essential cookies: These cookies are not necessary for the functioning of the website, but they ensure that we can offer an optimized and personalized website. There are several types, including:

  • Functional cookies: these cookies keep track of your preferences and remember if you have visited the website before. These cookies ensure that the website is made more user-friendly for the visitor.
  • Analytical cookies: These cookies allow us to measure visits and traffic on the website in order to improve the website. Through these cookies we know which pages are visited the most, how a visitor behaves on the website, etc.

What does VARIO use cookies for?

VARIO uses cookies to optimize your visit to our websites, to make the websites more user-friendly and to improve your user experience. You are given the opportunity to agree to the use of cookies so that you can use all the functions of the website without restrictions. You can decide at any time to delete or limit the use of cookies by adjusting your browser settings (see below).

Please note: by adjusting those settings, the use and functioning of the websites may change. Certain applications will be restricted or no longer accessible and certain graphical elements may be displayed incorrectly.

What types of cookies does VARIO use?

Essential Cookies

These cookies are necessary for purely technical reasons in order to visit the website. Due to the technical necessity, only an information obligation applies and these cookies are placed as soon as you visit the website.


Retention period: Expires after one session

Purpose: Used by the Content Management System to prevent cyber attacks. This cookie is essential for website and visitor security.


Retention period: Expires after one session

Purpose: Used by the CMS to create a unique ID for the visitor.

Analytical cookies


Retention period: Expires after one year

Purpose: Collects statistics about user visits to the website, such as the number of visits, average time spent on the website and which pages are read.


Retention period: Expires after 30 minutes

Purpose: Used by Piwik Analytics Platform to track visitor page requests during the session.


Retention period: Expires after twelve months

Purpose: Stores the visitor's consent to the collection and use of data.


Retention period: Expired

Purpose: The sid cookie contains digitally signed and encrypted records of a user's Google Account ID and most recent login time.

Marketing cookies


Retention period: Expires after one session

Purpose: Youtube sets this cookie to track the views of embedded videos on Youtube pages.


Retention period: 5 months and 27 days

Purpose: YouTube sets this cookie to measure bandwidth and determine if the user is getting the new or old player interface.


Retention period: Does not expire

Purpose: registers a unique ID to keep statistics of which YouTube videos the user has seen.


Retention period: Does not expire

Purpose: registers a unique ID to keep statistics of which YouTube videos the user has viewed.


Retention period: Does not expire

Purpose: Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.


Retention period: Expires after 179 days

Purpose: attempts to estimate user bandwidth on pages with embedded YouTube videos.

Cookies in the header (My Citizen Profile)

This website uses the My Citizen Profile global header. You can view the active cookies in the header on under the heading 'Overview of Cookies and Web Storage'.

How to disable cookies?

If you choose to disable cookies, you can do so - depending on your browser - as explained via the links below:

Disabling cookies may cause certain graphics to be displayed incorrectly or prevent certain applications from being used.

Rights of website visitors

Cookies may constitute a processing of personal data. As a result, you as a website visitor have certain rights under the General Data Protection Regulation. More information on which rights you have and how to exercise them can be found in our Privacy policy.

If you have any additional questions or comments, you can always contact us at

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