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 - Residence Palace), 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 International Press Centre is a dynamic communication centre that does more than just provide facilities and services. It works in close collaboration with journalists' associations and has joined forces with the International Press Association (IPA-API) to set up a number of activities for the Belgian and international press:
- Newcomers briefings, in partnership with J@YS: information days for new foreign correspondents in Brussels
- API Hours @ Résidence Palace, where journalists meet in an informal and relaxed setting
- Seminars and debates with representatives of European Union Member States, civil society and the worlds of business, research and academia.
The aim of these activities is to:
- improve the welcome given to foreign correspondents;
- promote contact with Belgian and European civil society and the worlds of business, research and academia;
- bring together foreign correspondents and Belgian journalists.
For journalists who do not have an office at the International Press Centre, there is a dedicated newsroom in which they can work. The Media Room can accommodate up to 20 journalists. It is equipped with desktop computers as well as workstations with all the necessary connections for laptops.
Journalists have access to a printer and photocopier as well as free high-speed internet.
The multimedia company Videohouse is the exclusive audiovisual partner of the Résidence Palace. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to meet the needs of journalists and clients.
- They offer a comprehensive set of services:
- technical support in the rooms during events
- interactive livestream options
- recording and video reporting of your event
- technical support in the recording studio and editing/dubbing room
- satellite connection for live images...
The Résidence Palace has a fibre-optic cable link to all European institutions and the VRT.
With the recent installation of a new high-tech conference system, the services provided at the Résidence Palace have moved to the next level.
Contact Videohouse : firstname.lastname@example.org
Journalists’ associations from Belgium and abroad have their own service centre at the Résidence Palace - International Press Centre - Brussels: Journalists@YourService. This offers professional advice, assistance and services for foreign journalists working in Brussels.