The first port of call for any journalist wanting to know more about EU news and views is to visit the website of the Press and Communication Directorate-General.

However, there are a large number of other sources of EU news stories worth taking a look at in order to keep abreast of what’s happening in the European Union.

Selected news sources

News source Description
Agence Europe 'A look behind the news': international press and information agency (in English, French, Italian, German). Much of the content is pay-per-view but a free trial is offered.
AlphaGalileo Internet press centre for European science, arts, technology, health and society. Expanding its reach to include events lists, latest publications and more. Available to accredited journalists only no fees for journalists.
Centre for European Policy Studies This research centre which claims it is 'thinking ahead for Europe' produces policy research papers (for a fee) on a range of EU and world issues, plus some top-level info available free.
CORDIS Focus This printed and web newsletter-come-magazine reports the latest EU research and information society technology activities and policies.
Enterprise Europe A newsletter published in the 11 Community languages by the European Commission’s Enterprise Directorate-General. You can take out free subscriptions to the paper edition of the magazine and subscribe to an alert service, which brings you the latest news on developments and policies affecting the world of business in the EU.
Euclide Newsletter Synopses of current news on EU policy developments, new initiatives, calls for proposals/tenders, and programmes launched by the European Commission. This is a pay-per-view service aimed at local and regional authorities, development agencies, training centres, support structures for businesses or co-operatives, consultants, research and study centres and networks.
EUobserver.com A news site reporting on the major developments and policies affecting the European Union. It has links with the Independence/Democracy group in the European Parliament.
Euroabstracts Published six times a year as part of the European Commission's Sixth Research Framework Programme. It provides authoritative summaries of the key facts and ideas from recent publications on innovation from the Commission and other international bodies.
Euractiv EurActiv.com is an EU policy portal; it provides EU news, policy positions and EU actors online in English, partly in French and German, and is available for free.
Euro-correspondent A Brussels-based journalist network researching and writing stories on EU matters.
European Policy Centre Acting as an interface between government, business and civil society, EPC delivers policy briefings, summit reports, fora and has a regular newsletter downloadable for free.
European Report Twice-weekly report on EU activities. A fee-paying service providing an overview of a range of policy issues (in French and English).
European Voice The Economist Group’s weekly EU newspaper is distributed free of charge to MEPs and Commission officials. The website is for subscribers only, but there is free access to top stories.
Euro-sceptic Web Resource This organisation describes itself as ‘Dedicated to critical debate on Europe and helping others continue the debate’.
Innovation and Technology Transfer (ITT Magazine) Available in printed and web format (on CORDIS), this bimonthly magazine covers the whole gambit of innovation-related programmes and technology projects within the EU.
OPOCE Newsletter The Publications Office Newsletter is issued quarterly. It is available free-of-charge online and as a paper subscription. The Newsletter provides the latest EU publications and articles on the latest developments in EU policies and activities.
RTD info This is a quarterly magazine published by the Commission’s Research Directorate-General, presenting a mix of research results and debate on scientific subjects of interest to a wide, non-specialised readership.

Journalism associations and resource centres

As the self-proclaimed capital of Europe, it should come as no surprise to find a wealth of associations and federations in Brussels representing all kinds of professions, even journalists. Here is a shortlist of journalism organisations in and around the capital that can be useful sources of information:

Journalism resource Contacts
API (International Press Association) Résidence Palace
Rue de la Loi 155
B-1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 235 22 24        
E-mail: api.press@pi.be
European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) Résidence Palace
Rue de la Loi 155
B-1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 235 22 00
E-mail: efj@ifj.org
European Journalism Centre Sonneville-lunet 10
6221 KT Maastricht
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 43 325 40 30
E-mail: secr@ejc.nl
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Résidence Palace
Rue de la Loi 155
B-1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 235 22 00
E-mail: ifj@ifj.org
International Press Centre Résidence Palace
Rue de la Loi 155
B-1040 Brussels         
Tel: +32 2 235 21 11
E-mail: info@residencepalace.be
http://www.brusselsreporter.org/ Résidence Palace
Rue de la Loi 155
B-1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 235 22 12
E-mail: info@brusselsreporter.org
National Union of Journalists
(NUJ, Brussels branch)
To apply for membership, contact:
E-mail: nujcec@hotmail.com

EU reference books

Print and TV journalists might disagree, but with all the hype currently surrounding the internet, it is sometimes easy to forget that books can be a self-contained source of information about the EU, especially relevant for historical and background research. Here are a few of the more popular ones to look out for:

Reference book Description
EU Information Handbook, by the EU Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce of Belgium One of the best guides to the EU. Little that cannot be found on the web, but a useful one-stop-shop if you can afford it.
Hitting the Headlines, by Irena Havlicek et al. for the European Journalism Centre ‘Analysing top EU stories in France, Portugal and the UK’, this 56-page booklet reports the approaches and print media coverage of three EU member states when tackling complex EU issues.
Reporting the EU from Outside Brussels, by Gareth Harding for the European Journalism Centre ‘Information sources and tools for regional journalists’, this compact, 32-page booklet is an excellent source of tips and contacts for regional and local press to help them find their way around the European institutions without having to be in Brussels.
The Economist Guide to the European Union, by Dick Leonard Regularly updated, clearly written EU dictionary compiled by a former Economist correspondent in Brussels.
The European Public Affairs Directory, by Landmarks Indispensable, but pricey, guide to EU contacts. Almost 500 pages of telephone numbers, faxes, e-mails, postal addresses and websites for people working in EU institutions, lobby groups, trade associations, embassies, think-tanks, the media, etc.
The Penguin Companion to the European Union, by Timothy Bainbridge Excellent dictionary of EU terms at an affordable price. If you do not know who Robert Schuman was, what the EEA is, or when the Schengen Treaty was signed, this is the book to turn to.

Useful information:
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) also has one of the best, regularly updated free news service covering the European Union online, with a daily European press review and a special ‘Inside Europe’ site which provides a ‘Guide to the changing face of Europe’.