API held its 2018 Annual General Assembly on Tuesday 6 March 2018 in the Residence Palace, under the chairmanship of Tom Weingärtner, API's president. There were about twenty-five members present.
API-IPA mourns the death today of one of its co-founders, Guido Boodts (73), after a short sickbed.
Belgian journalist for De Standaard newspaper Boodts was one of a group of European journalists who decided in 1975 to establish the Association de la Presse Internationale as representative of the foreign correspondents covering European affairs in Brussels.
The International Press Association (API-IPA) is shocked by the murder of our Slovak collegue Jan Kuciak and his friend. API-IPA condemns this crime against a journalist. We expect the Slovak authorities to do their utmost to investigate the truth and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
A very interesting API Hour was held on Monday 26/2 with the title 'What Future for Europe?'
It was the presentation of the annual report on the European Economy by the influential European Economic Advisory Group, chaired by Prof. Dr. Clemens Fuest of the IFO Institute of the university of Munich.
Les membres sont invités à l'Assemblée Générale annuelle de l'API-API le mardi 6 mars 2018 à 13h00 au Residence Palace, salle Maelbeek.
(L'assemblée est réservée aux membres de l'API) Seuls les membres qui ont payé leur cotisation 2017 et/ou 2018 peuvent voter à l'assemblée Les membres qui ne peuvent être présents peuvent voter par procuration, sous la forme d'une note manuscrite et signée, à un autre membre, à présenter au secrétariat de l'API au moins 24 heures avant la réunion. Chaque membre peut avoir un seul vote par procuration).
Members are invited to API-IPA's annual general meeting on Tuesday 6 March, 2018 at 13.00h at the Residence Palace, Maelbeek Room
(The assembly is for API-members only. Voting is only open to members who have paid their 2017 or 2018 membership fee. Members unable to attend may give aproxy vote, in the form of a hand written and signed note, to another member, to be presented to the API secretariat at least 24 hrs. beforethe meeting. Each member may have only oneproxy vote to cast).
On February 13th an API Hour was held with Margaritis Schinas, the chief spokesperson of the European Commission. The theme was 'Communicating Europe', which Schinas used to explain the communication strategy of the Juncker Commission.
Today, Thomas Wieser gave his last press briefing as head of the Euro Working Group, which prepares the meetings of the Eurogroup ministers. On this occassion API-IPA issued this statement:
The International Press Association (API-IPA) wants to thank Thomas Wieser for the fair and professional briefings he held as chairman of the Euro Working Group. We always felt well informed by him and we regret that we lose him as a counterpart for the Brussels press corps. API wishes him all the best for his future work.