Info for journalists
Spokespersons' Service in Brussels
If you want an interview on a particular issue there is a spokesperson for each policy area. You can find out who they are and their phone numbers from the link above.
Daily Press Releases RAPID
RAPID is the daily service that provides press releases and background information on the latest EU Commission press releases across the 27 DGs. This is updated daily at midday (after the EU Commission's daily press conference) throughout the week.
To gain accreditation to attend European Commission press conferences and events in Brussels follow the link above.
The EU Commission Representation in Ireland is based in Dublin and can answer a lot of your questions.
The Press Office can provide you with information that is immediately relevant to Ireland and your area.
Head of Press: Grace Bolton
Web Editor and Assistant to Head of Press: Grainne Galvin
Information and Communication Assistant: Gabriele Lorenzo
Follow daily press conferences live, watch interviews with Commission personalities on daily events, and briefings on key events.
This website provides free material for journalists to use as they choose. Users must first register to use the footage and are provided with a login and password. This takes about 20 seconds to get.
Broadcasting live from the European Commission
The European Commission has professional TV and Radio studios that are available free of charge from our offices in Brussels.
Contact details are available here: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/about/contacts.cfm?sitelang=en
These are also available from the European Parliament at the following link.
These are also available from the Council at the following link.
News interviews are recorded with Commissioners and spokespersons and edited into news-length sound bites. A lead-in script together with a story synopsis are available for download.
Europa is the main website for everything that happens in the EU. This covers the European Parliament, European Commission and European Council.
There are more than 17,000,000 pages on Europa. This makes it one of the largest websites in the world. While there are internal search functions available, it is sometimes easier to negotiate through search engines like Google.
Tip: If you include "Site=europa.eu" this will restrict all your search results.
The European Commission has its own section within Europa.
You can access various policy areas from this webpage: http://ec.europa.eu/policies/index_en.htm
European Parliament Office Dublin
The European Parliament's Office in Dublin can organise interviews with MEPs, and provides information on European Parliament decisions.
European Parliament Information Office in Ireland
12-14 Lower Mount Street
Dublin D02 W710
Tel: 01 605 7900
Breaking News from the European Parliament
European Parliament News
Each month the Friday before EP plenary sessions take pace in Strasbourg the Office in Dublin issues a Newsletter with information on items for discussion on the Parliament's agenda. For more information see:
For information on Ireland's 11 MEPs, the following page provides links to their personal websites for the latest information on policy and decisions they are involved with.
Permanent Representation of the Irish Government to the EU
Ireland is represented in Brussels by the Permanent Representation.
50 Rue Froissart,
Council of the European Union (Council of Ministers)
The Council is the main decision-making body of the European Union. The government ministers of the Member States meet regularly to set the direction of EU policy. Depending on the issue on the agenda, each country will be represented by the minister responsible for that subject (foreign affairs, finance, social affairs, transport, agriculture, etc.).
Council of the European Union- General Secretariat
Justus Lipsius Building,
Rue de la Loi, 175,
Tel: 00 32 2 281 63 19
European Consumer Centre
ECC Ireland offers advice on consumer rights when buying goods or services in another European country. They also mediate directly with a trader in another European country if a consumer needs help.
European Consumer Centre Ireland
Press & Communications Manager: Martina Nee
1 Green Street,
Tel: 01 – 8797620