Meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence (updated)
Brussels, 15 – 16 June 2022
A meeting of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the level of Defence Ministers will take place on Wednesday 15 June and Thursday 16 June at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. The meeting will be chaired by the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg.
Accreditation for this event is now closed. Journalists with annual accreditation do not need to apply for separate accreditation for this event.
The meeting will start with a working dinner on 15 June, where partners Finland, Georgia, Sweden, Ukraine and the European Union are invited. This session will not be open to the media. There will be two sessions with Allied Ministers on 16 June.
The Secretary General will brief the media on both days. Please see the media programme for details
A separate meeting of the Ukraine Contact Group, hosted by the United States, will take place at NATO HQ on 15 June. Accreditations for the meeting of Defence Ministers also will be valid for the Ukraine Contact Group meeting. The point of contact for this event at the U.S. Mission to NATO is Deputy Spokesperson Jesse Shaw (ShawJX[at]state.gov).
A detailed media programme of the Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers is available here.
For information about individual Ministers’ media programmes, please contact the national delegations. A list of delegation press officers is available from the NATO Press & Media Section (press[at]hq.nato.int).
Accredited media can attend Ministers’ doorsteps and the press conferences of the NATO Secretary General, which can also be followed online. They can also cover the meeting of the Ukraine Contact Group, hosted by the United States, which is taking place at NATO HQ on Wednesday 15 June.
National briefings will also take place at NATO Headquarters. Those may be by invitation only. Please contact national delegations at NATO for details about their plans.
A few elements of the Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers will be accessible only to a pool of visual journalists. These include the start of some ministerial sessions and the official photo. To request a pool card, please email NatoMediaOperations[at]hq.nato.int, no later than Tuesday 14 June.
Pool cards will be distributed on the first floor of the Public Square of NATO HQ on 15 June. Please check the media programme for the timing.
If you accept a NATO pool position you must share immediately all information and material collected while in the pool with any accredited media that request it, at no charge and with no restriction on the use of the material for news purposes.
Media organisations that want pooled images should first contact the wire service / photo agency of which they are a client. Media representatives and news organisations must identify that it is pooled material every time it is used. Pooled material can only be used for legitimate news purposes and cannot be sold.
NATO will provide broadcast-quality video in real time on EBU World feed or to EBU News Exchange.
NATO photographers and videographers will provide video clips and photos of all public events during the ministerial meeting. Photos can be downloaded from the NATO website. The video files will be available for free download from the NATO Multimedia Portal.
The Secretary General's press conference will be streamed live on the NATO website.
Media representatives who have annual accreditation to NATO for 2022 do not need to apply for separate accreditation for this event.
All other media representatives wishing to cover the meeting need short-term accreditation. The deadline for accreditation has passed and accreditation requests are no longer accepted.
NATO will confirm accreditation explicitly by email. Please bring a printout of the confirmation email when collecting your badge.
Media passes must be collected in person upon presentation of an ID card or passport and a valid national press pass (or accreditation letter from a recognised media organisation) at the Main Entrance, NATO Headquarters, Boulevard Leopold III 1110 Brussels.
Passes must be visible at all times. Please arrive early to clear security checks. Security personnel will examine and may test equipment and personal effects.
In accordance with NATO media accreditation procedures, NATO reserves the right to deny or withdraw accreditation of media representatives from media organisations who abuse their privileges, put the accreditation to improper use or act in a way not consistent with the principles of the organisation.
A press working area will be set up on the first floor of the Public Square at NATO HQ. Working spaces cannot be booked in advance and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Television and radio editing spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, upon request by email to the NATO TV & Radio Unit (see contact details below). A new quiet working area is available in the NATO Library. No food and drinks are allowed in that zone.
NATO also makes available one TV and one radio studio when they are not in use by senior NATO officials.
Media representatives can park in the Visitors' car park of the NATO HQ, or in the car park directly across the Main Entrance, at the Z entrance parking of the former NATO HQ. Uplink vans can park in a special section of the car park upon request to the NATO TV & Radio Unit.
Media Operations, inclding pool cards
Ms Irina Novakova
Tel: +32 (0)2 707 1003
Ms Louise Reid
Tel: +32 (0)2 707 83 46
TV & Radio arrangements on site and via satellite
Mr Bart Vandendorpe
Tel: +32 (0)2 707 35 78
NATO Video on demand
Tel: +32 (0)2 707 12 27