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Permanent accreditation

In order to request permanent or temporary press accreditation, you will need to submit your request online. The system will prompt you to upload certain documents, make sure you scan them before. Before starting your application, carefully read the accreditation requirements below. Once your file has been examined you will receive an email notification and you will have to come to the accreditation office to present the originals of your documents.

When entering the site, you will need to log on with your ECAS user name and password. If you don't have an ECAS profile yet, you will be asked to create one (How to obtain an ECAS account).

Please start your accreditation request.

Contact

European Commission's accreditation office

Danielle COULONVAL
Berlaymont -1/PRE6
Rue de la Loi 200/Wetstraat 200
B-1040 Brussels

Tel.: +32.2 (02)29 90170
Email: COMM PRESS ACCREDITATIONS

The accreditation office is open daily between 9:00 and 13:00 or after appointment.

Media organisations

To be recognised, they must:

  • Have (or belong to a group with) a statute showing that one of their main objectives is to provide information on the activities of the EU and its institutions. Where necessary, this can be proved by accounting data showing the organisation's respective sources of income.
  • Be editorially independent and a commercial organisation with no distribution restrictions.
  • Be open about how and by whom they are financed.
  • Prove that any online material they publish is updated at least once a week and includes EU news.

Journalists

Documents to provide

To be accredited as a journalist, you will be asked to provide the following documents:

About your organisation

1 - A recent letter from the editor-in-chief or director of the organisation you work for, stating that it is a commercial organisation not subject to any distribution restrictions. The periodicity of the publication must be added. In general, daily or weekly publications will be taken into account. Monthly media will also be taken into account provided they regularly cover European affairs. You may also have to supply a copy of the company's articles of association. Public and semi-public audiovisual media will not be required to prove their commercial nature.

Remarks:
Since editorial profile and independence will be clear from the content of the publication, the accreditation committee will reject applications from non-journalists, lobbyists, etc.

About you

2 - A dated letter requesting accreditation signed by the editor-in-chief or director of the organisation you work for, certifying that journalism is your main source of income or that you are a freelance journalist, that you will mainly cover European affairs and will therefore need frequent access to the press facilities of the Commission, Council and Parliament.

You must provide proof of your status:

  • Staff journalists
    • a written certificate from your editor-in-chief or director
    • additional proof such as a reference to your profession in an official document, or a press card issued in the country where you are based.
  • Freelance journalists
    • proof of publication (articles and contributions)
    • proof of payment for regular and sustained journalistic work (that clearly shows this is not a cover for other work)
    • additional proof such as a reference to your profession in an official document, or a press card issued in the country where you are based.

3 - Proof that your main or secondary residence is in or near Brussels (copy of your identity card or equivalent, or copy of certificate of registration in the commune where you live, or rental contract for accommodation).

4 - If you are an EU national, your identity card or passport from an EU member country. If you are not an EU national, your passport from your country of origin.

Technical media professionals

Documents to provide

To be accredited as a photographer, cameraman, sound engineer or producer, you will be asked to provide the following documents:

  • A dated letter requesting accreditation signed by the editor-in-chief or director of the organisation you work for, certifying that you work full-time or freelance in one of those professions, that you regularly cover European affairs and will therefore need frequent access to the press facilities of the Commission, Council and Parliament.
  • If you work freelance, you must also provide proof of your activities in one of those professions and proof of payment for regular and sustained work (that clearly shows this is not a cover for other work).
  • Proof that your main or secondary residence is in or near Brussels (copy of your identity card or equivalent, or copy of certificate of registration in the commune where you live, or rental contract for accommodation).
  • These supporting documents may be copies, not originals.
  • To be accredited as a technical media professional, you do not need to have a press card.

How accreditation is granted

The accreditation advisory committee meets regularly to assess each request on the basis of the documents submitted. It verifies their authenticity and may ask you to provide additional documents. The Committee is composed of representatives of the Commission, Council, Parliament and the International Press Association (IPA).

The committee may also review and revoke accreditation at any time. For this purpose, you may be asked to provide up-to-date information and proof of income.

Accreditation is granted by DG Communication on the basis of the advisory committee's decision.

DG Communication may issue temporary access cards pending a meeting of the advisory committee. Such cards are issued for a limited period, indicated on the card itself.

If you are refused accreditation, you may appeal to the appeal committee, made up of the Directors-General of DG Communication (Commission – committee chair), DG F (Council) and DG INFO (Parliament) and the president of the IPA.

The appeal committee meets when necessary. Pending your appeal, the accreditation committee may grant you temporary accreditation.

Revoking accreditation

The committee reserves the right to revoke the press card of any holder responsible for behaviour that disturbs the smooth proceedings in press meetings organised by the EU institutions.

First the incident will be examined thoroughly by the accreditation committee. The holder will be informed by letter of the date of the committee meeting and entitled to attend (accompanied by a person of their choice) to defend themself.

They (and their professional association) will be informed of the committee's decision and its reasons, and may appeal to the appeal committee.