EU - Western Balkans Summit: Press centre Media Advisory

15.05.2018

Agenda

16 May 2018 | Wednesday

08:00 – 22:00       Press centre open at the National Palace of Culture (Entrance B2)

08:00 – 18:00       Accredited journalists can collect their badge

Journalists who have been allocated a pool card can pick it up from the info desk in the press centre

 

EU Heads of State or Government Dinner

18:00                      Meeting time for journalists with a pool card at entrance A3 to the National Palace of Culture

19:00                      Arrivals at Sofia Tech Park

Live coverage by host broadcaster

20:00                      Informal Dinner

                                 Roundtable live coverage by host broadcaster

 

17 May 2018 | Thursday

06:00                      Press centre opens at the National Palace of Culture (Entrance B2)

08:30                      Latest arrival for journalists who want to follow the arrivals

 

EU - Western Balkans Summit

09:15 – 10:00       Arrivals and doorstep statements at the National Palace of Culture

                                 Access for all accredited journalists; live coverage by host broadcaster

9:15                         Meeting time for journalists with a pool card for Pool A at the pool meeting point in the press centre

09:45 – 10:00       Roundtable

                                 Pool A* ; live coverage by host broadcaster

10:00 – 11:30       Plenary Session I: Connectivity

11:30 – 11:45       Break

11:45 – 13:00       Plenary Session II: Connectivity (continued)

12:30                      Meeting time for journalists with a pool card for Pool B at the pool meeting point in the press centre

13:00 – 13:15       Family photo

                                 Pool B* ; live coverage by host broadcaster

13:15 – 15:00       Working lunch: Tackling common challenges

15:00 – 15:30       Press conference – Hall 6

                                 Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria

                                 Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

                                 Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

                                 Access for all accredited journalists; live coverage by host broadcaster

From 15:00            National briefings – for the full schedule, please refer to the screens in the press centre

From 15:00            Exit doorsteps

                                 Live coverage by host broadcaster

 

* Access cards to pool A & B are allocated through the press teams of the Member states.

 

Venue

The National Palace of Culture (NDK) in Sofia is the biggest congress centre in South East Europe. Work on the building began in 1979 and was finalised in 1981. Nearly 10 000 t of steel was used in the construction, approximately the same amount as in the Eiffel Tower, as well as 335 000 m3 of concrete. The project was designed by a team of architects led by Alexander Barov.

Today, the 1980s architecture and monumental art combines with modern art centres, such as the theatre Azaryan, the New Theatre and the art bar Peroto. Apart from a congress centre and host to important political gatherings, the National Palace of Culture is also one of the hot spots of cultural life in Sofia.

For more information about the venue and the press centre as well as practical information for journalists, please refer to the website of the Bulgarian Presidency: https://eu2018bg.bg/en.

 


Access

The press centre is accessible through entrance B2 of the National Palace of Culture, on the side of Fridtjof Nansen Street.

 

 

Accreditation information

Accredited journalists can pick up their badges on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at the Registration Desk at Entrance B2 of the National Palace of Culture between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

Members of the press arriving in Sofia on the day of the event, 17 May 2018, will be able to get their badges at the same entrance upon their arrival at the National Palace of Culture. Only accredited members of the press will have access to the National Palace of Culture.

In case of questions or problems regarding the accreditation, please contact Katharina Rettig [email protected], +359 88 399 0246.

 

Photos and videos

All media opportunities (marked above with “live coverage by host broadcaster”) will be available live on the website of the Bulgarian Presidency, the Council streaming platform and Europe by Satellite and distributed in the press centre. On demand videos will be available on the website of the Bulgarian Presidency, the Council Newsroom, Europe by Satellite and the Bulgarian Presidency’s Vimeo page.

All photos from the event will be uploaded throughout the day on the website of the Bulgarian Presidency, the Council Newsroom and the Bulgarian Presidency’s Flickr page.

 

Background information

The European perspective of the Western Balkan region is one of the four priority areas of the Bulgarian Presidency. The stability and prosperity of the Western Balkans is as much in the interest of the European Union as in the interest of the citizens in the region, as they are indispensable for peace and prosperity in Europe.

The aim of the summit is to provide a clear European perspective to the Western Balkans, without creating false expectations. The EU accession process for each country will continue to proceed along the established path, and each country’s progress will be evaluated individually and objectively according to the accession criteria.

Priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency

Strategy for the Western Balkans on the website of the European Commission

 

Contacts

All information about the summit can be found on the dedicated web page: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/international-summit/2018/05/17/

For questions about the accreditation, please contact [email protected]

For questions about the press centre, please contact [email protected]

For questions about radio and TV booths, please contact [email protected]

 

Veselin Jelev, spokesperson of the Bulgarian Presidency, [email protected], +359 883 990 247

Genoveva Chervenakova, spokesperson (Coreper II) at the Bulgarian Permanent Representation to the EU, [email protected], +32 473 575 083

Victoria Behar, Director for Communication and Press Centre for the Bulgarian Presidency, [email protected], +359 888 242 108

Preben Aamann, European Council President Spokesperson, [email protected],
+32 2 281 2060 / +32 476 850 543

Jüri Laas, Press officer for European Councils and EU Summits, [email protected],
+32 2 281 5523 / +32 470 957 561,

Margaritis Schinas, European Commission Chief Spokesperson, [email protected]
+32 2 296 0524 / +32 496 583 826

Mina Andreeva, European Commission Deputy Chief Spokesperson, [email protected]
+32 2 299 13 82 / +32 498 99 13 82

 

For more information, please consult the summit page: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/international-summit/2018/05/17/

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