Guide for visiting journalists
ACCESS TO THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE
Address: Avenue de l'Europe, 67075 Strasbourg cedex
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By collective transport
Bus lines 6, 30 and 72, Palais de l'Europe stop
Tram E, Droits de l'homme stop
During sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a free shuttle service runs from the railway station to the Palais de l'Europe (navette "Palais de l'Europe"). A number of round trips will be made daily along this route: Place de la Gare - Faubourg de Saverne - Les Halles/Pont de Paris - Pont de Pierre - Tribunal/Fonderie - Place de la République - Place Brant/Université – Allée Spach.
A35 motorway, exit Wacken-Institutions européennes
Vehicles can be left in the Parc de l'Orangerie car park directly opposite the Palais de l'Europe, without charge or time limit.
The commuter car park at the Robertsau Boecklin tram terminus (over the road from the European Court of Human Rights) has 150 parking spaces and is open Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 8 pm. Vehicles can nevertheless be recovered after 8 pm.
Cost 3.20 € per day.
Locally based journalists who have a permanent office at the Council of Europe may use their badges to park in the garage behind the Council of Europe building (rue du Général Uhrich).
The press room is on the second floor of the Palais de l'Europe.
Workstations are made available to journalists during sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly, the Committee of Ministers, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities or other major events.
Each workstation has a telephone handset, a computer terminal and a pigeonhole.
Reception and opening hours
During Parliamentary Assembly sessions, the room opens at 8 am and is staffed until the end of the sitting. It is imperative that journalists report to the reception desk of the room in order to be allocated a workstation. If you leave the press room before the session ends, please let the reception know so that the PC can be reconfigured and reallocated.
The telephone only transmits in-house calls (to 4 figure numbers).
Outside callers can reach you directly by dialling +33 (0)3 90 21 followed by the handset number (which always begins with 57).
The PC made available has a Windows 7 configuration and comprises:
- Office suite 2000
- Internet access
- a connection with the 3 printers in the press room
- a television programme: WIN TV (TV channels broadcasting news)
It is possible to connect your own portable PC to the WISP Internet network. The Council of Europe does not supply any extra equipment for portable PCs.
Documents are saved by default in the file "My documents" (C:\users\SdPxxx\My Documents)
For readier access to this, a shortcut has been installed on the desktop.
Please note that in order to guarantee the confidentiality of your documents, the workstation is completely wiped and reconfigured at the end of your Council of Europe assignment. We therefore advise you to make copies of your documents or send them to your email address.
Printing of documents
The PC is configured so that you can print out on the nearest printer.
The kiosk is open daily from 8 am to 4 pm and from 8 am to 6 pm during Parliamentary Assembly sessions. Ext: 35 49
The kiosk offers you the French and international press, the Organisation's visibility products, tobacco, lottery games, health and beauty products, souvenir gift items, regional products and confectionery, postcards and greeting cards, mobile phone cards and top-ups, small office requisites and stationery items.
The post office is open from 9.15 am to 1 pm.
The bank is open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm on Mondays and from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm for the rest of the week.
The Kleber bookshop is open every day from 9h30 to 11.30 am and from 12 noon to 4.45 pm, and on Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm. Ext: 37 12, www.librairie-du-conseil.com
For refreshments, the Council of Europe provides you with a cafeteria just above the press room (closed 20 minutes after the end of the sitting). If you take crockery down to your workstation, you are kindly requested to return it as early as possible the same day. Inside the building you will also find two cafeterias, a restaurant (Blue Restaurant), a snack bar and a self-serve.
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