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Graphical specifications for the European flag

Symbolic description
Geometric description
Regulation colors
Four-colour process (CMJN)
Monochrome reproduction process
Reproduction on coloured background
Incorrect reproduction
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Symbolic description 

 


Against the background of blue sky, twelve golden stars form a circle, representing the union of the peoples of Europe. The number of stars is fixed, twelve being the symbol of perfection and unity.
  
Heraldic description

On an azure field a circle of twelve golden mullets, their points not touching.


Geometric description 


The emblem is in the form of a blue rectangular flag of which the fly is one and a half times the length of the hoist. Twelve gold stars situated at equal intervals form an invisible circle whose centre is the point of intersection of the diagonals of the rectangle. The radius of the circle is equal to one-third of the height of the hoist. Each of the stars has five points which are situated on the circumference of an invisible circle whose radius is equal to one-eighteenth of the height of the hoist. All the stars are upright - that is to say, with the one point vertical and two points in a straight line at right angles to the mast.

 

The circle is arranged so that the stars appear in the position of the hours on the face of a clock. Their number is invariable.

 

Regulation colors 

 

Pantone Reflex Blue

Pantone Yellow

 
       
 

The emblem is in the following colours:

PANTONE REFLEX BLUE for the surface of the rectangle; PANTONE YELLOW for the stars.

The international PANTONE range is very widely available and easily accessible even for non-professionals.


Four-colour process (CMJN) 

   

100% cyan reproduction

   
   

 

If the four-colour process is used, it is not possible to use the two standard colours. It is therefore necessary to recreate them by using the four colours of the four-colour process. The PANTONE YELLOW is obtained by using 100% "Process Yellow". By mixing 100% "Process Cyan" and 80% "Process Magenta" one can get a colour very similar to the PANTONE REFLEX BLUE.

   

 
   

80 % magenta reproduction

 
   

 
 

100% yellow reproduction

 
 

 

Internet:

PANTONE REFLEX BLUE corresponds in the web-palette colour RGB:0/51/153 (hexadecimal: 003399) and PANTONE YELLOW corresponds in the web-palette colour RGB:255/204/0 (hexadecimal: FFCC00).

 

Yellow

Blue

   
         

Monochrome reproduction process 

 

 

If only black is available, outline the rectangle in black and print the stars in black and white.
In the event that blue is the only colour available (it must be Reflex Blue, of course), use it 100% with the stars reproduced in negative white and the field 100% blue.

 


Reproduction on coloured background 

 

The emblem is reproduced for preference on a white background. Avoid a background of varied colours, and in any case one which does not go with blue. If there should be no alternative to a coloured background, put a white border around the rectangle, with the width of this being equal to 1/25 of the height of the rectangle.


Incorrect reproduction 

 

 

 

1. The emblem is upside
down.

 

2. The stars are not
upright.

   

 
   

3. The stars are wrongly positioned in the circle: they must appear in the position of the hours on the face of a clock

 

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