Brussels is the world's 2nd city after Washington when it comes to bringing together the largest number of diplomats, decision-makers and lobbyists of all kinds. It is therefore also the ideal place for journalists who want to be at the heart of news and information. Foreign journalists accredited in Belgium will find an unrestricted, passionate and diversified working environment.
You are a foreign correspondent and wish to be accredited in Belgium as a professional journalist? Whether you are employed or freelance, from an EU member country or not, carefully read this page on the Foreign Affairs website which will provide you with useful information for submitting your application.
The International Press Centre (IPC)
Being an external service of the Prime Minister's Chancellery, The IPC is housed in the Residence Palace, a complex of art deco buildings (155, Rue de la Loi, Block C, 1040 Brussels - IPC website), a stone’s throw from the Schuman Roundabout, at the heart of the European quarter. Everything needed by journalists to work and to deliver their copy on time, is permanently available in the press centre.
The newsroom (Media 1)
Journalists from the printed media can use the newsroom on the first floor where up to twenty people can work simultaneously. It has connections for laptops. Printers and photocopiers are provided. Wi-Fi internet access is free. Press conferences held in the Polak room can be followed live using a closed-circuit plasma screen.
The 'cockpits' (Media 2)
Journalists who need to work in private, can use one of the ‘cockpits’: each one is equipped with a computer and a printer.
There are four radio rooms offering live transmission from the Residence Palace.
Audiovisual services in the Residence Palace are provided by the company ENG Videohouse. From its central editing suite, Videohouse can provide all the audiovisual support you may need, wherever you are in the building – in a conference room or elsewhere. During live events the images can be transmitted by satellite and captured using the ‘uplink’ installation. Mobile transmitters and mobile newsrooms can plug-in in the car park and send or receive signals to or from the building. A recording studio with various editing rooms and a commentary room complete our audiovisual facilities.
Journalists’ associations from Belgium and abroad have their own service centres on the second floor of the Residence Palace: JournalistAtYourService (Website). This offers professional advice, assistance and services for journalists working in Brussels.
The website PressCenter.org
The International Press Centre website gives you access to a whole range of useful information: