With some 30,000 people working for the European Union institutions, surely it should not be too difficult to find someone to speak to about your story? But think again – probably 99% of these people are, technically speaking, not supposed to talk to the press. The rest could be too busy, away on ‘mission’ – something like a business trip – or are not prepared to comment on the subject matter of your story.

New on the beat

Some might say the difference between mediocre journalists and great ones is the pedigree of their contacts. Even if this is only true of EU journalists, anyone new on the beat – or trying to piece together a story from the far-reaches of this expanding Union – should find the following short cut to EU contacts very helpful.

For contacts and information on specific topics, choose a theme from the menu provided on the Euromed Info Centre website.

For a full list of the EC Delegations in MEDA countries click here.

Contacting EU institutions

If you do not have the name or number of a specific person to contact, or you need to visit one of the main institutions in person, take a look at the following address and contact information. NB. If you know the name of a contact, e-mail addresses generally follow the format given below.

Main EU institutions Contact information
The European Commission
(alias ‘The Commission’)
B-1049 Brussels       
Tel: +32 2 299 11 11
E-mail: name.surname@cec.eu.int
Website: http://europa.eu.int/
The European Parliament
(alias ‘The Parliament’ or ‘EP’)
Brussels:
Rue Wiertz
B-1047 Brussels       
Tel: +32 2 284 21 11
E-mail: namesurname@europarl.eu.int
Website: http://www.europarl.eu.int/

Luxembourg:
Plateau du Kirchberg
L-2929 Luxembourg           
Tel: +352 43 001 Strasbourg:
Allée du Printemps
F-67070 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 3 88 17 40 01
The Council of the European Union
(alias ‘The Council’)
Rue de la Loi 175
B-1048 Brussels       
Tel: +32 2 285 61 11
E-mail: press.office@consilium.eu.int
Website: http://ue.eu.int/
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
(alias ‘Ecosoc’)
Rue Belliard 99
B-1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 546 90 11
E-mail: name.surname@esc.eu.int
Website: http://www.esc.eu.int/
The Committee of the Regions
(alias ‘CoR’)
Rue Belliard 101
B-1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 282 22 11
E-mail: name.surname@cor.eu.int
Website: http://www.cor.eu.int/

Contacting EU press offices

The following is a list of contact details for the EU institutions’ main press offices (see also ‘EU press services’ for explanations and ‘News sources on the EU’ for other organisations providing EU information).

EU press offices Contact information
The European Commission Berlaymont Building
Rue de la Loi 200
B-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 299 47 70
E-mail: press-pressroom-team@cec.eu.int
EU accreditation service
Mr Soldati Pier                           
Tel: +32 2 299 01 70
E-mail: Pier.Soldati@cec.eu.int
The European Parliament Brussels press room
Rue Wiertz B-1047
Brussels Tel: +32 2 284 21 11
Website: http://www.europarl.eu.int/
Entrance on Rue Vautier / PHS 0 A 23      
Tel: +32 2 284 20 54
Fax: +32 2 284 90 82

Strasbourg info office
Bâtiment Louise Weiss
Allée du Printemps             
F-67070 Strasbourg
Tel: +33 3 88 17 40 01
Fax: +33 3 88 17 51 84

Strasbourg press room
Room / LOW N-1/201                   
Tel: +33 3 88 17 40 05
Fax: +33 3 88 76 36 09
The Council of the European Union Press room
Rue de la Loi 175
B-1048 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0)2 285 63 19
Fax: +32 (0)2 285 80 26
E-mail: press.office@consilium.eu.int
Internet: http://ue.eu.int
The European Economic and Social Committee Press room
Rue Belliard 99
B-1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 546 93 96
Fax: +32 2 546 97 64
E-mail: press@esc.eu.int
Website: http://www.esc.eu.int/
The Committee of the Regions Press room
Rue Belliard 101
B-1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 282 21 55
E-mail: name.surname@cor.eu.int
Website: http://www.cor.eu.int/

For a full list of the EC Delegations in MEDA countries click here.

Contacting other EU institutions

The European Union has five main institutions and numerous affiliated or consultative organisations, associations and smaller institutions. The following is a selection that could prove useful, in particular for journalists not located in Brussels.

Other institutions, organisations, services Contact information
Court of Justice of the European Communities General contacts:
Palais de la Cour de Justice
Boulevard Konrad Adenauer
Kirchberg
L-2925 Luxembourg
Tel: +352 4303 1
E-mail: div.int@curia.eu.int (interior division)
Website: http://curia.europa.eu
Head of Division

Tel +352 4303 2582/2035     
Fax  +352 4303 2500
Unit France, Luxembourg

Tel + 352 4303 3205/3315     
Fax + 352 4303 2034
Unit Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia

Tel + 352 4303 2170/3451     
Fax +352 4303 3656
Unit  Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia
Tel + 352 4303 3127/3451     
Fax +352 4303 3656   
Unit Germany, Austria

Tel + 352 4303 3255/3645     
Fax + 352 4303 2734/3184  
Unit Italy, Grece, Cyprus, publications
Tel + 352 4303 2968/3441/3552     
Fax + 352 4303 2674  
Unit United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta
Tel + 352 4303 3355/3366     
Fax + 352 4303 2731
Unit Spain, Portugal
Tel + 352 4303 3667/3442     
Fax + 352 4303 2668
Unit Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia

Tel + 352 4303 2793/3668     
Fax + 352 4303 2053
Unit Hungary, Slovenia
Tel + 352 4303 5499     
Fax + 352 4303 2668
Communications Unit
(events, photoarchive, multimedia)

Tel + 352 4303 3684     
Fax + 352 4303 2988
Email: section.communication@curia.eu.int
European Court of Auditors General contacts:
12 rue Alcide De Gasperi
L-1615 Luxembourg
E-mail: name.surname@eca.eu.int
Website: http://eca.europa.eu/ External relations      
Tel: +352 4398 45410
E-mail: press@eca.eu.int
European Central Bank General contacts:
Eurotower
Kaiserstrasse 29
D-60311 Frankfurt am Main
Germany
Tel: +49 69 1344 0
E-mail: info@ecb.int
Website: http://www.ecb.int/ Director of communication:
Elisabeth Ardaillon-Poirier General contact point, publication requests: info@ecb.int
Visitor requests: visit@ecb.int
Tel +49 69 13 44 74 55
Fax +49 69 13 44 74 04
European Ombudsman
         
General contacts:
Ave du Président Robert Schuman 1
B.P. 403
F-67001 Strasbourg  
France
Tel: +33 3 88 17 23 13       
E-mail: euro-ombudsman@europarl.eu.int
Website: http://www.euro-ombudsman.eu.int/ Press officer
Rosita Agnew
Tel: +33 3 88 17 24 08
E-mail: ragnew@europarl.eu.int
European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) General contact
Rue Joseph II 30
B-1040 Brussels
Fax: +32 2 296 90 63
E-mail: olaf-courrier@cec.eu.int
Website: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/olaf/Alessandro Butticé
Spokesman of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)For press enquiries:
Communication, PR and Spokesman Unit
Tel: +32 2 296 75 47
E-mail: olaf-press@cec.eu.int
Europe by Satellite (EbS) Berlaymont Building 4/289
Tel. +32 2 295 11 73
Fax +32 2 299 93 01
Email : europe-by-satellite@cec.eu.int
Website: http://ec.europa.eu/ebsHead of production sector
Anthony O'Donnell
Tel: +32 2 295 08 04Editor-in-chief
Diederik Bangert
Tel: +32 2 296 88 68

Spokespeople

Each of the EU institutions has a spokesperson or a team of spokespeople responsible for keeping the press informed on various policy areas and in different languages. To find out who to contact about specific issues, choose a ‘theme’ from the menu on this website.
Spokespeople are typically the only officials – apart from Commissioners and Director-Generals of services in the Commission – allowed to speak ‘on the record’ for the institutions.

Main EU institutions Spokespeople and contact information
The European Commission Chief spokesperson:
Françoise Le Bail
Tel: +32 2 299 22 43 
Commission spokespeople cover individual portfolios, and work directly with specific Commissioners. The press service also includes assistants, again organised by portfolios, who can be a useful point of contact for information, although cannot be quoted on the record. At weekends and public holidays there is always one spokesperson on call.

The full list of spokespeople can be found on the Press and Communication DG website.
The European Parliament President’s spokesperson:
Jacques Nancy
Tel: +32 2 284 24 85 (Brussels) 
Tel: +33 3 88 17 40 82 (Strasbourg)
Email: jnancy@europarl.eu.int
 
Deputy spokesperson:
Hélène Lanvert
Tel: +32 2 284 22 39 (Brussels)
Tel: +33 3 88 17 45 20 (Strasbourg)
Email: hlanvert@europarl.eu.int
 
Parliament's team of press officers specialise in the fields covered by parliamentary committees. During plenary sessions, the same team work in the national languages. The team of press officers can be found on the Parliament website.
Political Groups

Spokespeople for the political groups:
Independence and Democracy
Michael Strangholt   
Tel: +32 2 284 13 37 (Brussels)

Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
Mikolaj Dowgielewicz                
Tel: +32 2 284 20 77 (Brussels)
Tel: +33 3 88 17 45 02 (Strasbourg)
 
European People’s Party/European Democrats Robert Fitzhenry      
Tel: +32 2 284 22 28 (Brussels)
Tel: +33 3 88 17 41 44 (Strasbourg)

European United Left/Nordic Green Left (EUL/NGL)
Gianfranco Battistini           
Tel: +32 2 284 67 85 (Brussels)
Tel: +33 3 88 17 29 49 (Strasbourg)

Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA)
Helmut Weixler        
Tel: +32 2 284 46 83 (Brussels)
Tel: +33 3 88 17 47 60 (Strasbourg)

Party of European Socialists (PES)
Peter Reichert         
Tel: +32 2 284 30 59 (Brussels)
Tel: +33 3 88 17 38 87 (Strasbourg)

Union for Europe of the Nations (UEN)
Antonio Arena         
Tel: +32 2 284 43 43 (Brussels)
Tel: +33 3 88 17 23 28 (Strasbourg)

The Council of the European Union Head of press office:
Dominique-Georges Marro                     
Tel: +32 2 285 64 23
 
Spokesperson of the Secretary-General/High Representative (SG/HR) for common foreign and security policy:
Cristina Gallach
Tel: +32 2 285 64 67
The European Economic and Social Committee Press officers: Vasco de Oliveira
Tel: +32 2 546 93 96 Christian Weger,
Tel: +32 2 546 95 86
The Committee of the Regions Head of press unit:
Laurent ThieulePress Officers:
Dennis Abott                                                         
Estelle Poidevin
Simona Pilko                                           
General contacts:
Tel: +32 2 282 21 55             

Special interest and regional issues

In addition to the mainstream institutions covering the major issues of importance to EU citizens, there are a number of more specialised organisations catering for special European needs and interests.

On the ‘Who speaks for my country/region?’ page we provide a selection of organisations to contact for EU information with a regional – even local – spin.

The Commission also has spokespeople in its offices in national capitals. They often provide a good link between decisions taken in Brussels and the effects felt in member states. Their phone numbers can be found on the Commission’s website, in the virtual press room section.

Related information

Each of the EU institutions has a spokesperson who, in the case of the Commission, is backed up by a team of official spokespeople responsible for certain policy areas – i.e. health and consumer affairs, trade competition policy, transport, etc.
Generally speaking, the spokespeople are the only officials – apart from Commissioners and Directors-General (of Commission departments) in the Commission – allowed to speak ‘on the record’ on behalf of the institution.