Media advisory: final Plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe | News

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The Conference Plenary is set to finalise its work in a two-day session that will revolve around the adoption of the Conference’s proposals.

When: Friday 29 (presentation of proposals and expression of 4 components’ positions) – Saturday 30 April 2022 (citizens’ position, acclamation and closing of the Plenary with a round of interventions for each component).

Where: European Parliament in Strasbourg

To adopt a proposal, consensus among at least four of the Plenary’s components (Parliament, Council, Commission, and national parliaments) is required. All components will express their positions publicly during the plenary session, where representatives of citizens, social partners, and civil society will also be given the floor. Preparatory and political caucuses’ meetings will take place throughout the session.

Parliament’s delegation to the Plenary will meet on Friday afternoon, between 15.00 and 16.00 CEST, where representatives of the European Parliament’s political groups are expected to state whether they support the nine sets of draft Plenary proposals. The final decision on whether Parliament’s delegation as a whole will endorse them will depend on securing the support of groups representing a majority in the House.

Find out more about the setup of the session here. All relevant documents, including the agenda, are available on the Conference’s multilingual digital platform.

Media opportunities

A brief press point with Parliament’s Co-Chair of the Conference Guy Verhofstadt will take place on Saturday around 13.00 outside the Hemicycle, right after the end of the session. Media representatives will be able to interview the Co-Chairs from the other EU institutions and other Plenary members, using Parliament’s dedicated spaces and equipment if needed (booking required). An off-the-record technical briefing with the co-heads of the Common Secretariat may also be arranged, subject to availability. Press officers from EU institutions will be available to facilitate interviews and liaise where necessary.

Audio-visual coverage

The Friday and Saturday debates of the Conference Plenary will be broadcast live on EbS+ and extracts will be available on EbS after each session. The session will also be live streamed on the Conference Platform and Parliament’s Multimedia Centre. Live streaming on Parliament’s Multimedia Centre and an EbS wrap-up will also be available for the meeting of the EP delegation on Friday afternoon, All video, audio and photo coverage will be available to download.

Accreditation and access

Annual press passes (either inter-institutional passes or EP passes) are valid. Journalists without an access pass are kindly asked to request accreditation before 28 April at 15.00 via the journalist registration website. Passes can be collected by Thursday 28 April until 16.00 from the Weiss-Algeco reception. After this time and throughout the event, the passes can be collected from the reception of the main building Louise Weiss (located at entrance number 4 of the Agora).

Media access will be facilitated through the main entrance to the Louise Weiss building and the Churchill building entrance throughout the duration of the Conference Plenary – subject to the accreditation considerations set out above. The separate press entrance will be closed.

COVID-19 prevention measures

Journalists can attend the Conference Plenary session, provided they strictly follow the health restrictions and measures put in place by both the French authorities and the European Parliament.

From 11 April, anyone entering Parliament no longer needs to present an EU digital COVID certificate or negative PCR test result, but the wearing of a medical face mask is still required.

The measures for travellers to France are available here.

Working areas

The following areas will be accessible for journalists:

  • Working space and access to the video feed inside the press room
  • Press gallery of the Chamber (photo agencies will also be able to enter the Chamber)
  • Media space outside the Hemicycle for video recording (booking required)

Wi-Fi will be available in all parts of the building. The login and password will be communicated on the day.

All journalists will be able to follow the Live coverage from the Press Room screens.

Audiovisual facilities (booking required)

The following audiovisual services will be provided:

  • Live camera positions in self-service near the Chamber. Media should bring their own equipment and cabling; power and internet broadband connection will be available
  • Multimedia studio

To allow us to best facilitate your work, please send in your requests before Thursday 28 April by the end of the day to avplanning@europarl.europa.eu.

Photo Opportunities (booking required)

Photo and video pools will be organised for the Chamber (access exclusively reserved for photo agencies). Please contact AV planning with your request:

AV Planning

(+32) 2 28 43418 (BXL)

(+33) 3 881 73418 (STR)

avplanning@europarl.europa.eu

For any questions linked to the programme or the facilities, please contact maria.brianchon@europarl.europa.eu.



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