Defence Ministers Meetings

Brussels, 3-4 October 2018

  • 03 Oct. 2018 - 04 Oct. 2018
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  • Press Release (2018) 105
  • Issued on 10 Sep. 2018
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  • Last updated: 01 Oct. 2018 13:35


  1. Meetings of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the level of Defence Ministers will be held at New NATO Headquarters on Wednesday 03 and Thursday 04 October 2018. All information about these meetings will be made available via the NATO website. This media advisory marks the opening of the online accreditation website (see below).
  2. The meetings will be chaired by the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg.


  1. The official programme will be online and handed to media representatives as from the time of the pre-event press conference, and upon accreditation. The Meetings will start in the mid-afternoon of 3 October.
  2. The Accreditation Office will be located at the Guard House South Entrance to NATO Headquarters.
  3. Information about individual ministers’ media programmes should be sought directly from the national delegation(s) concerned.
  4. A list of NATO delegation press officers is available from the Press & Media Section and upon accreditation.


  1. Access to meeting openings and the official portrait is restricted by pool only. Access is unrestricted to press conferences of the NATO Secretary General. Briefings by delegation officials may be by invitation only. Open delegation events are announced on CCTV.


  1. Pool cards for restricted-access events will be given to a small number of videographers and photographers drawn from among those who submit an accreditation request on time; these will be distributed on the first floor of the Public Square of NATO HQ from 10h30 to 11h00 and from 14h to 14h30 on 3 October 2018 and from 08:00 a.m. on 04 October 2018.
  2. Audiovisual media representatives who wish to cover the opening remarks from inside the Council room may make a written request for a pool card to the e-mail address given at the end of this advisory. No confirmation will be sent.
  3. When a media representative accepts a NATO pool position it is with the strict understanding, in accordance with international practice, that the act of accepting the accreditation to be in a NATO pool implies explicit and unconditional agreement by that media representative that he/she will share immediately and upon request with other media accredited to the NATO event all information collected, and/or all material produced, while in that pool. It also implies explicit agreement that the media representative will share the material with no impediment from their own news organization, at no charge to other journalists and with no restriction on the use of the material for legitimate news purposes.
  4. Media representatives can only accept the pool accreditation if they have the explicit backing of their employer to all of the conditions on providing pool material as the basis of accepting the pool position.
  5. In turn, media organisations seeking pool photo materials should first contact the Wire service photo agency of which they are a member or client. Media representatives and the news organizations that employ them who accept any material from a pool accept it with the explicit and strict understanding that it must be identified as pool material any time it is used, that it can be used only for legitimate news purposes and that the receiving party has no right to sell pool material or otherwise profit from it.
  6. The NATO photographers and videographers will provide video clips and photos of all the media events for posting to the NATO website; photos can be downloaded from


  1. The opening remarks of several NATO meetings as well as the Secretary General’s press conference(s) will be broadcast live on the internal closed-circuit television system and can be viewed in the press working area as well as online.
  2. B-roll and press conference videos can be downloaded live via satellite or from the NATO TV & Radio Unit (see the contact details below). After each event, the videos are available for free download from NATOChannel.


  1. Accreditation requests are introduced online here: Please find instructions on how to create a profile in Annex 1. Confirmations will not be sent.
  2. Journalists in possession of a valid NATO permanent media pass do not need to request accreditation.
  3. Deadline for accreditation requests is no later than Wednesday 26 September 2018 at 12h00 noon (Brussels Time). After that, requests are considered late; they will be delayed and may be refused. Media representatives who have submitted the request for accreditation via the internet are encouraged to bring a print-out of the request confirmation. Late applications will not be taken into consideration for pool access.
  4. The usual NATO accreditation procedures shall be applicable to this meeting. They are detailed here:
  5. Media passes will not be mailed to applicants; they must be collected in person upon presentation of an ID card or passport and a valid national press pass (or accreditation letter from a recognized media organization).
  6. Passes must be worn visibly at all times, and security personnel may ask to see another form of ID at any time. Media representatives are informed that security personnel will examine and may test equipment and personal effects carried onto the site and are advised to arrive with sufficient lead time to clear security checks.


  1. Television and Radio editing booths will be made available. They will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, upon request by email to the NATO TV & Radio Unit (see contact details below). 
  2. Journalists, Wire services and photo agencies using bulky equipment are urged to bring it to the Media Centre as of Tuesday 02 October at 15h00. 
  3. NATO also makes available one TV and one radio studio when they are not in use by senior NATO officials. These facilities are usually booked via delegations press officers wishing to accept interview requests from media organisations.
  4. A press area with working spaces for journalists will be set up on the first floor of the public square area. Electricity plugs, Wi-Fi internet, and telephones will be available. In addition, a permanent filing centre is also available on the first floor of the Public Square facing the Agora.
  5. Please note that working spaces mentioned above cannot be booked in advance but media can use it on a first-come, first-served basis.



Accreditation Office
Media Centre
Tuesday 02 October
Wednesday 03 October
09h30 – End of Operations
Thursday 04 October
06h00 – End of Operations



  1. Media representatives are informed that they will not be allowed to park their vehicles inside the NATO compound. They may, however, park in the visitor’s car park of the New NATO HQ, or in the car park directly across the main entrance, at the Z entrance parking of the former NATO HQ. Uplink vans may park in a special section of the east car park upon request to the NATO TV & Radio Unit.




Overall Coordination
Mr. Damien Arnaud
Telephone: +32 (0)2 707 50 38
Mr. Angelo Pacifico
Telephone: +32 (0)2 707 83 46
Requests for pool cards
By e-mail only:
TV & Radio arrangements on site and via satellite
Mr. Henk Dekens
Telephone: +32 (0)2 707 50 51
Mr. Serge Bosmans
Telephone: +32 (0)2 707 50 03
Mr. Eric Morel
Telephone: +32 (0)2 707 12 87
NATO Video on demand
+32 (0)2 707 12 27

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