Monday, September 01, 2014

General rules applicable to the Press Centre

  1. The following provisions apply in the Council Press Centre (Justus Lipsius building), notably during Council meetings and meetings of the European Council. These rules also apply, mutatis mutandis, to the Press Centre of the Kiem Conference Centre in Luxembourg when Council meetings are held there.

  2. Access to the Press Centre is reserved for journalists exercising their profession, for members of delegations and for the officials in charge of it.

  3. The interinstitutional press card, the day accreditation badge or - for European Councils - the special "European Council" badge, assigned in accordance with the rules in force at the Council, must be worn visibly.

  4. Presidency briefings prior to Council meetings are classified as "off the record" and the information is to be attributed to "sources close to the Presidency"; TV cameras and sound recordings are not permitted at them; the express authorisation of the speaker is required for any switch to "on the record".

  5. In the press room, the seats equipped with headphones for interpretation are reserved for journalists as a priority.

  6. The work stations in the work rooms of the Press Centre may only be occupied by journalists.

  7. Press representatives taking part in full table rounds (photo/video) must:
         - arrive at the appointed time. Latecomers cannot be guaranteed access;
         - make sure that camera microphones are set to record background noises (not conversations) and, if despite this setting conversations are nonetheless recorded, such recordings must not be used; no questions may be put to Ministers;
         - respect the security distances established in the filming zone;
         - leave the Council meeting room rapidly as soon as the signal is given;
         - avoid pushing and shoving.

  8. During press conferences, TV crews and photographers must take care not to disrupt the smooth conduct of the proceedings; to carry out their work during these conferences, they must occupy the places indicated by those in charge of the centre, who will have taken their technical needs into consideration.

  9. Specifically filming or photographing security installations or security staff is forbidden.

  10. Only journalists may take the floor to ask questions after giving their name and the name of the media they represent.

  11. The press centre does not reserve workplaces for European Council meetings. The media alone may reserve places and should indicate the name of the media and the journalist by sticking a piece of paper to the workplace chosen. However, once the proceedings of the European Council have started, any reserved places left unoccupied will be freely available. The 140 workposts in the atrium which are equipped with an ISDN line must be reserved as a priority for media requiring this type of equipment.

  12. The areas set aside for the distribution of official documents may only be used with the authorisation of the press service.

  13. In view of the disturbances they cause during press conferences, the media are asked not to use the frequencies displayed in the press centre.

  14. Lost objects may be recovered at reception in the main entrance. The General Secretariat of the Council is not responsible for any lost objects belonging to members of the press. We would advise you not to leave your equipment unsupervised and to use the lockers in the work rooms.