How to obtain press accreditation at the Council of Europe


The Council of Europe Directorate of Communications makes three kinds of accreditation available to the media.


Temporary accreditation

Temporary accreditation, for a maximum period of five days, may be issued for a specific event. Applications need to be made 24 hours in advance.


Permanent accreditation

A permanent accreditation card, for a maximum period of 12 months, may be issued to journalists who are regularly present, either because they are based in Strasbourg or in adjacent regions/countries or because they are required to follow the work of the Council of Europe on a regular basis.

All journalists making applications for accreditation must provide evidence that they represent a genuine press organisation, supplying:

  • a copy of their valid journalist's press card or, failing this, a letter on a press organisation's official headed notepaper signed by the editor-in-chief;
  • an ID photograph.

All incomplete applications will be rejected.

The Directorate of Communications reserves the right to refuse to renew a permanent accreditation which has not been collected during the previous year, or if no media coverage of the Council of Europe and/or its activities has been produced, or if the criteria below have not been met.


Application for financial support towards travel and accommodation costs

The Directorate of Communications has a limited budget to provide financial support to journalists who wish to cover the sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly, Committee of Ministers or Congress of Local and Regional Authorities or to other major events, but lack sufficient resources to do so.

Priority will be given given to journalists from countries which are not members of the European Union or the European Economic Area. Applications will be treated taking into account the main themes of the respective PACE sessions and other events. Financial contributions will be granted exclusively towards travel and/or accommodation costs. Interested journalists are asked to apply in one of the Council of Europe's two official languages (English or French), stating the reasons why they require financial support. Requests should be made not later than 10 days before the beginning of a session.

Journalists who receive financial support are kindly asked to provide the Media Relations Division ( with their coverage of the respective sessions/events.



The Directorate of Communications reserves the right to refuse or to cancel the accreditation of journalists affiliated to press organisations, the activities of which conflict with the principles of the Council of Europe, or which use their accreditation for reprehensible purposes or act in a way which contravenes the ethical principles or standards of journalism.

Journalists' badges are available from the Council of Europe's main entrance (Accueil badge) and are to be visibly worn in order to facilitate the work of security staff.

It may be the case that access is on certain occasions subject to specific authorisation.

If you have any questions about the arrangements for accreditation, please send an e-mail to the Media Relations Division:


 Access to the Assembly Chamber

Only duly accredited photographers may have access to the Assembly Chamber.

TV teams are authorised to film only from the public galleries. Access to the public galleries is on the second floor, opposite the press room (lift No. 1), or from the entrance hall (visitors' lift).

All debates and speeches are recorded by the Council of Europe's audiovisual department; copies in professional formats may be obtained from the technical coordination service: Tel +33 3 88 41 35 00,

Major events are the subject of pictures supplied via distribution networks run by Eurovision (EVN) and the European News Exchange (ENEX).