We cover Europe's news
Our teams ensure news
coverage of events taking place in the institutions of the
European Union: meetings, official visits, press conferences,
signing of treaties. Wherever news happens, in Europe or elsewhere,
major events in the construction of Europe and statements
by major European personalities are recorded as they take
They are made immediately
available to media professionals world-wide. Our live coverage
of events, news summaries, info-clips, stockshots and photo
reports illustrate the different EU activities and are aimed
at helping the international media during the coverage of
The living memory of Europe
We offer you access to
the most extensive library of audiovisual documents in existence
on the construction of the European Union. They are witness
to the history of Europe from the first steps of the Common
Market until the era of peace, security, prosperity and solidarity
of the European Union today. This is part of Europe's living
memory available not only to journalists, but also to anyone
wishing to view the key moments of Community history.
We deliver extensive photo coverage of all main EU-related news.
From the European Coal and Steel Community to the latest EU
events we offer photo coverage, in both black & white
and colour, both of the founders of the European Community
and the main events of the last half century of European history.
Available products include archive photos
covering the main events since the 1950s on Community themes.
The voices of Europe
We provide daily news
coverage in broadcast quality audio. The Audiovisual Library
offers you voices of Europe expressed in its many languages
in key speeches and declarations by key players in the construction
of Europe as all major events, negotiations and agreements took place.
The Audiovisual Library's sound archive footage covers the
principal developments since World War II.
Sights and Sounds on Air
The European Union's TV Information service
Europe by Satellite (EbS) provides EU related pictures and
sound for professionals working in television and radio stations
and for institutions. EbS is directly available to local,
regional, national and international organisations in the
Union, the Mediterranean area, and Central and Eastern Europe.
EbS transmits a free to air signal via satellite and is also
available via the Internet.
Live coverage, news summaries and stockshots
Europe by Satellite offers live
coverage of the main EU events and live daily news broadcasts.
In addition, EbS offers thematic footage illustrating the
daily news and video news releases related to the integration
process in Europe. These services are available in natural
sound and in up to 20 languages a device that is unique
in the world.
Sights and Sounds and Services online
The Internet provides an alternative
to satellite transmissions. This service also allows on-demand
consultation of any event or subject during the week following
its transmission on satellite. All products become accessible
to any connected media or individual anywhere in the world
through the Internet portal of the audiovisual service.
On the site you will find EbS permanently updated transmission
schedule, as well as shotlists detailing the content of pictures
and links to complementary information sources and photos.
Pictures and sound may be downloaded in broadcast quality
formats: MPEG2 for video, MP3 for sound and JPEG for photos.
This news material is published during or soon after the events,
remains available for at least one month and is easy to download,
process and file. Finally, you can enter your booking requests
for the technical assistance that we describe hereafter.
Sights and Sounds - Copies
In case it is not possible to
access our satellite and online services, journalists may
request a copy of audiovisual products including videotape,
CD-ROM or DVD. A list of the available products can be found
on the Internet. Orders can be placed by e-mail or fax and
should include the following information:
• Name and details
• Company with full address
• Subject and intended use of material
• Support and format
is offered free of charge for EU-related information and
education purposes. For any other use, prior clearance
must be obtained from the Central Audiovisual Library
of the European Commission.
In no case may this material be sold or rented. Pictures
containing buildings and artworks may only be used to
meet the needs of current news coverage.
Credit © European Union 2014.
Assistance on the spot
On location, we offer various
services to radio and TV journalists covering the European
Union and the Commission in particular. In the Berlaymont
building in Brussels, there are two TV studios and two radio
studios, plus editing and duplication facilities, ENG video
crews, as well as archive and play-out services.
We make filming easier for you
We can provide useful contacts
and accompany news teams within our buildings. Details of
visits by personalities, or other events at the Commission,
are faxed or emailed to the accredited audiovisual press in
advance of the event. This information is also available in
the press room of the Berlaymont building. When press pools
are organised, video copies are made available to journalists
who were not able to attend the event.
Register on line
To access our services, please
This form will provide us with the necessary information required
to meet all your requirements successfully.