Pre-session press briefing on Friday 11 September at 11.00 

Press Releases 

The European Parliament’s and the groups’ spokespersons will hold a briefing on next week’s session in the Anna Politkovskaya press conference room and via Skype at 11.00 tomorrow.

Main topics on Parliament’s 14-17 September agenda include:

  • State of the European Union debate
  • Own Resources and launch of the recovery plan
  • EU Civil Protection Mechanism
  • Just Transition Fund
  • COVID-19: coordination of health assessments/risk classification/Schengen
  • Moria refugee camp
  • Debates on Russia, Belarus, Lebanon and the escalation in the Eastern-Mediterranean
  • Rule of law and the situation in Poland

Find all information on EP plenary in our newsletter.

Journalists are invited to attend the press conference in person, respecting the precautionary measures in force (see below), or participate remotely.

Parliament will be using an interactive virtual press environment (with interpretation) based on Skype TX, in conjunction with the traditional EbS and web-streaming services.

If you are unable to attend and wish to ask a question:

You will need a SKYPE account;

Connect to VOXBOXEP and write your name and media organisation in the chat box.

Please use headphones and a microphone for better sound quality.

The system will be managed by Parliament’s media services and you will be placed in a queue (virtual waiting room) before being invited to ask your question(s).

If you have any trouble connecting, you can contact: +32 22834220 or use Skype chat box.

After asking a question / listening to the reply (and any follow-up), you should then disconnect from Skype so that the next journalist in line can be connected to the press briefing room.

You only need to connect through Skype if you wish to ask a question.

You can follow the briefing LIVE on EP MMC or EbS.

REMINDER: working conditions in Parliament for journalists in light of Coronavirus

It is mandatory to wear a community mask that covers the mouth and nose at all times while in Parliament's buildings. This is to continue to ensure Parliament's operational capacity, while at the same time avoiding health risks for Members, staff and other persons working in and visiting the European Parliament. In addition, temperature checks are being carried out on all persons entering Parliament’s premises.

However, journalists may remove their mask for the duration of a recording (stand-ups, interviews, studio recordings) or when asking a question in the press room, if the social distancing measures are respected. The press room on the ground floor (Paul-Henri Spaak building) is also now open again for those who need to work from Parliament, though social distancing rules remain in force.

Please refrain from coming to EP premises if you present any symptoms of a respiratory infection, if you have knowingly been in contact with an infected person in the last 14 days or if you have been to regions with very high transmission rates.