Friday, December 15, 2017

Present: Bureau members Ann Cahill, Michael Stabenow, Tom Weingaertner, Lorenzo Consoli, Nagayo Taniguchi and Hans de Bruijn, and on invitation Thomas Friedrich. Absent: Griselda Pastor

1. Revue de Presse: We were surprised by the decision of the European Commission to no longer provide every day a limited number of copies of the Revue de Presse, the internal clipping service of the Commission. The Commission acted without informing or consulting us. Olivier Bailly explained on 10/11/2014 that – for financial and environmental reasons – the decision was made to make this service only available on the Commission's intranet system, which is not accessible to journalists. The RdP was only available to some (max. 30) journalists as a gesture, not a right. Important is also the copyright issue, as copyright law prevents dissemination among others that the group for which a subscription fee is paid, in this case commissioners, high level cabinet members and the spokespersons service.

The bureau acknowledges these arguments, but considers the decision detrimental to the media. Olivier Bailly is willing to talk to us about this. We will approach Bailly, at first informally, to see what the possibilities are.

Read more: REPORT OF THE MEETING OF THE API BUREAU, 11 JANUARY 2014