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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 place.

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 European events.

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.


Picturing Europe

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


This material 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.
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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 complete our request form. This form will provide us with the necessary information required to meet all your requirements successfully.

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Tue 27/01
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 January 2015 The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, disbursed €13 million in grants to Georgia. This represents the grant part of the first tranche of the EU's €46 million Macro-Financial Assistance programme (MFA) for Georgia approved in August 2013.
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European - Press release Commission Brussels, 27 January 2015 A new version of the EU Transparency Register is being launched today following joint work by the European Commission and the European Parliament. This 'second generation' of the Register implements the provisions of the revised Inter-institutional Agreement signed between the European...
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European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 27 January 2015 A Commission proposal to establish an EU list of 77 candidates for substitution was today endorsed by EU Member State experts. Candidates for substitution (CfS) are pesticides for which national authorities need to carry out an assessment to establish whether more...
Tue 27/01
European Commission - Daily News Daily News 27 / 01 / 2015 Brussels, 27 January 2015 Georgia: EU disburses €13 million grant in Macro-Financial Assistance The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, disbursed €13 million in grants to Georgia.
Tue 27/01
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Brussels, 27 January 2015 Migration today is part and parcel of our societies. It is an inherent feature of our globalised world. It brings richness and opportunities, but it also comes with challenges.
Tue 27/01
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Brussels, 27 January 2015 Miguel Arias Cañete - Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Speech at IG Metall conference "Demands with regard to regulation of CO2 levels for the automotive industry".
Tue 27/01
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 27 January 2015 Thank you Janis. I congratulate you on the success of the first Ecofin Council under the Latvian Presidency. I am confident this Presidency will deliver many positive achievements in the weeks and months to come.
Tue 27/01
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 27 January 2015 "With the Council's adoption of the anti-abuse clause of the Parent Subsidiary Directive today, the European Union is living up to its pledge of tackling tax evasion and aggressive tax planning.
Mon 26/01
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 January 2015 The European Commission welcomed today the signing of the SME Initiative with Spain, a ground-breaking agreement to unlock more than €3.2 billion of additional lending for companies with fewer than 250 employees (SMEs).
Mon 26/01
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 January 2015 The European Commission has decided not to refer the planned acquisition of Jazztel p.l.c. by Orange S.A. to the Spanish competition authority for assessment under Spanish competition law.

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