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EU Press Service

4. Press at the Council

The Council of Ministers, which groups together EU governments, is arguably the most powerful of the Union’s three major institutions. It attracts media attention when an important or controversial decision is being discussed in a Council meeting.

Council Press officers

The Council Press officers do not give any regular briefings and they do not speak on the record - with the notable exception of the Spokesperson of the Secretary General of the Council. The press officers are, however, very knowledgeable about the particular subject they follow (see Contact Guide) and can give valuable background and technical information. Nevertheless, since the national governments which make up the Council all have their own interdepartmental press offices which are well in tune with journalists from their national press, they tend to be the main source of information. The view they give is, of course, a strictly national one, but by talking to press officers and journalists from other member countries it is possible to get an idea of what is really going on. Spokespeople from the country holding the rotating presidency of the EU will also generally speak on the record about their plans and results in the Council during their six months’ term in office.

As a one-stop-shop for finding out what is happening in the Council, its Press service is a good place to start. The Council Press centre also has important information for the media.

The Council also has its own Audiovisual Service with a well-equipped TV studio, available for the use of journalists free of charge.

The press conferences of the Council can also be followed through the Europe by Satellite (EbS) service.

For contact information on the Press services of the other EU institutions please check the Contact Guide of EU4Journalists.

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