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Media accreditation


Journalists, photographers and TV crews need accreditation to enter the European Commission, Parliament and Council press rooms.

There are different types of accreditation:

  1. Annual media accreditation for Brussels-based correspondents 
  2. Temporary accreditation for temporary staff and trainees
  3. One-day accreditation for visiting journalists
For annual or temporary accreditation
as mentioned in points 1 and 2


First time users first need to create an ECAS account.
What is ECAS?


1. Annual media accreditation

The EU institutions have a joint accreditation scheme for Brussels-based correspondents. The EU inter-institutional pass is valid for press events in the European Commission, Council and Parliament, except for European Council meetings and other high-level events, for which special accreditation is required.

Conditions for annual media accreditationpdf(153 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

2. Temporary accreditation for temporary staff and trainees

Temporary accreditation can be granted for a maximum of 6 months to temporary staff or trainees of currently accredited media organisations.

Conditions for temporary media accreditationpdf(279 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

3. One-day accreditation for visiting journalists

Non-accredited media representatives can obtain a one-day badge to the press area.

Journalists requesting this one-day accreditation need to send an email at least 24 hours prior to the event they want to attend to, attaching:

  • National ID card or passport (non EU-citizens must provide a passport)
    You will need to show the original document when you present yourself at the security desk.
  • Valid national press card or a press card issued by the International Federation of Journalist
  • Or, if you don't have a valid national press card, a scanned copy of a letter by your editor-in-chief or an official email from your head office confirming that they request access for you for that particular day/event.

In either of the above options, the European Commission reserves the right to refuse granting temporary accreditation if the specified deadlines are not respected or if the documents provided do not correspond to set requirements.


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Accreditation Office

Hours: 09:30 - 13:00

+32 (0)2 29 90170