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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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Thu 19/11
European Commission - Upcoming events The news: On Thursday 10 December 2015 the European Commission will adopt its monthly infringements package. These decisions cover all Member States and most of EU policies and seek to enforce EU law across Europe in the interest of both citizens and businesses.
Thu 26/11
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 November 2015 The European Commission welcomes that capital to meet the shortfalls identified by the SSM's comprehensive assessment for Alpha Bank and Eurobank has been fully raised from private investors. As a result, no state capital injections will be necessary.
Thu 26/11
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 November 2015 The European Commission has found the compensation granted by Poland to Polish Post for delivering universal postal services from 2013 to 2015 to be in line with EU state aid rules.
Thu 26/11
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 November 2015 Today Commissioner Neven Mimica on behalf of the European Union, with Ms. Nyeleti Brooke Mondlane, Mozambique's Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, signed an agreement which will provide €734 million to Mozambique.
Thu 26/11
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 November 2015 EU signs program to provide support in the areas of human and social development, environment and climate change, private sector development and peace and security across African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
Thu 26/11
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 November 2015 Annual Growth Survey starts the 2016 European Semester Today’s package launches the annual cycle of economic governance. It sets out general economic and social priorities for the EU and gives Member States policy guidance for the following year.
Thu 26/11
European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 26 November 2015 The European Commission welcomes today's judgments of the EU General Court dismissing seven actions for annulment brought against a Commission decision of June 2013.
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European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 26 November 2015 An explanation of the EU's economic governance The economic and financial crisis revealed weaknesses in the EU's economic governance. The EU responded by taking a wide range of measures to strengthen its governance and to facilitate a return to sustainable economic...
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European Commission - Fact Sheet The November European Semester package explained Brussels, 26 November 2015 NOVEMBER EUROPEAN SEMESTER PACKAGE What does today's package include? Today, the Commission presents: - the 2016 Annual Growth Survey - the 2016 Alert Mechanism Report - the draft Joint Employment Report - Recommendation for a...
Thu 26/11
European Commission - Daily News Daily News 26 / 11 / 2015 Brussels, 26 November 2015 Commission due to present 2016 European Semester package Vice-President Dombrovskis, Commissioner Thyssen and Commissioner Moscovici will come to the press room today at 14:00 CET to launch the 2016 European Semester that focuses on...

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