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Media advisory - European Union/African Union summit on 17 and 18 February 2022

Met dank overgenomen van Europese Raad, gepubliceerd op dinsdag 25 januari 2022.

The summit of the European Union and the African Union leaders will take place on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 February 2022 in the Justus Lipsius and the Europa buildings in Brussels.

Due to the sanitary conditions related to the covid-19 pandemic, the availability of working spaces and to ensure safe working conditions, the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC) will establish a maximum number of media representatives that can be accredited. This number will depend on the evolution of the situation and the safety measures decided by the Institution.

The covid-19 regime for the meeting will be published closer to the meeting. The respect of the established rules is an essential condition to obtain the accreditation.

We will provide details on media facilities available and their opening hours in due course to accredited journalists.

Registration

Media representatives wishing to cover the meeting in person are required to register in advance, following this link

  • The deadline to register is Friday 4 February 2022, at 14:00
  • Journalists with Council 1-year badge valid for 2022 also need to register.

For more information, please also consult the Media accreditation page

Media representatives are strongly advised to apply as soon as possible to allow for sufficient time to process the requests.

Accreditation

Should the number of requests exceed the maximum capacity, a selection will be made by applying the following three criteria in sequence until maximum capacity is reached:

  • Representation of all EU 27 member states and participating African countries
  • Brussels-based main international media and agencies
  • Random distribution of remaining places

Media representatives that will be accredited will receive a confirmation email.

In order to make the best use of the capacity available, please inform the press centre immediately should you finally decide not to attend in person, via e-mail: [email protected]

Badge Collection

A media accreditation desk will be set up at the the LEX building (Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat, 145) outside the security perimeter, to allow for collection of badges during the event.

  • Opening hours: Thursday 17 and Friday 18 February, 9:00 - 17:00.

Sanitary requirements

Media attending the summit will be required to follow any public health regulations in place at the time, including Belgium entry requirements for those traveling into the country (please check on https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels/), as well as any additional measures decided by the institution to ensure a safe working environment.

Detailed information on the covid-19 related rules will be communicated in due course.

Press conferences

The joint press conference(s) in the JL Press Room will be run in hybrid mode with:

  • a presence of journalists in the room, up to a maximum capacity (first-come, first-served),
  • via the videoconference platform (Zoom), with possibility to ask questions remotely

Connection information will be shared via instant messaging (Signal) or email.

Media Opportunities

A detailed programme will be published at a later stage. Depending on the sanitary conditions and the need to guarantee a safe working environment for everyone, please note that opportunities such as roundtables or doorsteps will be restricted to media pools.

In case of doorsteps, they will take place both in the Justus Lipsius (JL VIP entrance) and the Europa (EB Forum) buildings.

The doorstep areas will be accessible only to a limited media pool, due to the constraints imposed by the available space and the respect of the social distancing rules. To maximise opportunities for journalists, priority will be given to reporters (i.e. journalists asking questions). Host camera and sound services will be available in the area.

Press materials

Videos and photos of the Summit will be available on:

Naar de bladzijde "Vergaderingen"


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