UPDATE - Meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence

Brussels, 11-12 October 2023

  • 11 Oct. 2023 - 12 Oct. 2023
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  • Last updated: 13 Oct. 2023 10:27


On Wednesday 11 October, the NATO Secretary General will give a doorstep statement at NATO Headquarters in Brussels at the earlier time of +/- 08:20 (CEST).

For any questions contact the NATO Press Office.



A meeting of Defence Ministers will take place on 11-12 October 2023 at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. The meeting will be chaired by the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg.

The deadline for accreditation was Thursday 28 September 2023, at midnight (CEST).  

The Secretary General will brief the media on both days of the Ministerial meeting (doorstep and press conference on 11 October, with a final press conference on 12 October).


View the detailed media programme (pdf).

For information about individual Ministers’ media programmes, please contact the national delegations. A list of delegation press officers is available from NATO Press & Media (press[at]hq.nato.int).


Accredited media representatives can work in the press area of NATO Headquarters on the day of the pre-ministerial press conference and the days of the Ministerial meeting, and access all public areas. The opening hours of the press area will be communicated in the media programme. Accredited journalists can attend Ministers’ doorsteps and the press conferences of the NATO Secretary General.

These events will also be streamed live on the NATO website.

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. Due to space constraints and security reasons, visual pools are limited in size. Details on pooled events will be available in the media programme. Please email NatoMediaOperations[at]hq.nato.int if you are a camera operator or photographer and you are interested in pool access.

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 conferences will be streamed live on the NATO website.


Media representatives who have annual accreditation to NATO for 2023 do not need to apply for separate accreditation for this event. Journalists who have applied for access to this particular event will be notified of their accreditation.

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 at the Main Entrance, NATO Headquarters, Boulevard Leopold III 1110 Brussels. You must bring the same ID document that you used to apply for accreditation online.

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.


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 upon request by email to the NATO TV & Radio Unit (see contact details below).


Media representatives can park in the Visitors' car park of the NATO HQ. Uplink vans can park in a special section of the car park upon request to the NATO TV & Radio Unit.

For general queries: Contact the NATO Press Office


TV & Radio arrangements on site and via satellite

NATO Video on demand