Parliament to host world’s largest exercise in transnational democracy
On Sunday, the European Parliament will be transformed into a big media hub where around 1,300 journalists will follow and report from the elections.
“The media interest for these elections has been much higher than for previous elections. We never had so many journalists registered for the election night. This clearly demonstrates the growing importance of this trans-national democratic exercise, which is unique in the world” said Jaume Duch, spokesperson of the European Parliament mentioning also the more than 200 journalists coming from non-EU countries, including 54 from the US and 21 from Japan and 20 from China.
The three EU countries with the largest planned media presence are Belgium with 259 accredited journalists, Germany with 207 and Italy with 104.
For this special occasion, the hemicycle, where the 751 Members of Parliament usually debate and vote, has been transformed into a big media centre from which journalists can report on the new composition of the Parliament as the results from the Member states unfold (see tentative time frame here).
Throughout the evening estimations and results will be projected on a giant LED screen of 27x4,5 metres, and political groups leaders and candidates for the presidency of the European Commission, will be present and react to the result
To make it possible for so many media outlets to work from and within the European Parliament, the whole area around the hemicycle has been equipped with 110 TV stand-up positions - of which 55 positions in the chamber, 45 live positions for radio stations. In addition and stationed outside Parliament, there will be 13 satellite trucks broadcasting across Europe and beyond. Parliament’s audio-visual service will be assisting 65 organisations with their own means of transmission with technical support to enable them to broadcast live to their national audiences. 51 mobile 4G units will also be used to transmit, with 300 operators on hand to assist with anything and everything the election night may bring.
Europe by Satellite (EbS) with 15 cameras, will make sure that media outlets from all over the world can follow the live transmissions and get footage from the evening, distributed also through EBU and ENEX. The live pool signal offered on EbS+ will last more than seven hours (non-stop) to provide 24h channels and those outlets preparing special programmes with everything they need.
Of the almost 1300 journalists to be present:
- 770 TV journalists representing 195 TV stations
- 260 journalists from print and online outlets
- 170 press agency reporters and
- 70 radio journalists
- Stand up stage in the back of the hemicycle: 420m² ( 3 levels )
- 90 broadband connections (10MB) for broadcast transmission
- 160 analogue lines for audio communication
- 64 trucks registered for the parking area to load/unload material