New NATO Secretary General to take up office

  • 30 Jul. 2009 -
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  • Press Release (2009) 114
  • Issued on 30 Jul. 2009
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  • Last updated: 30 Jul. 2009 17:19

The new Secretary General of NATO, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, will take up his duties on 1st August 2009.

His first day at NATO HQ will be on Monday 3rd August. Upon arrival he will be greeted by the Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero, Ambassador Per Poulsen-Hansen, the Dean of the Council and Admiral Giampaolo di Paola, Chairman of the Military Committee.

On Tuesday 4th August Mr. Rasmussen will chair his first North Atlantic Council Meeting. 

Media Advisory

Monday 3rd August
0830 Arrival of the Secretary General at the Main Entrance – photo opportunity
  Visual media(cameramen and photographers) present; there will be no statements.
  Media wishing to cover the new NATO Secretary General’s arrival will be allowed to take positions at the Main Entrance from 7.30 onwards and until 08.00 am.
1130 Press conference by the Secretary General in Joseph LUNS Press Theatre
Open coverage.
  Broadcast live on CCTV network and streamed live on the NATO website
  Available on EBU World FeedWorld live via Eurovision Geneva
Tuesday 4th August
 0930  Council meeting – photo opportunity
  Very restricted visual media pool present before the meeting starts; no opening remarks. Requests from media wishing to cover this event should be sent electronically at,not later than August 3, 1500hrs.


NATO photographers and cameramen will provide audio-visual products of all media events on the NATO website or via the TV/Radio unit (see contact details below).

The coverage of the Press Conference will be distributed live and on world feed and web streaming (16/9 format).


Journalists holding a valid permanent NATO media pass will have access as usual.

Media representatives not in possession of a valid permanent NATO media pass and wishing to cover the event are invited to request accreditation directly at the main entrance of NATO, on 3 August, starting from 7.00. They will have to present an ID and a valid national press card. 

Those media representatives not having a national press card are invited to send a letter from their editor to NATO Press and Media Service, not later than 2 August, 1700 hrs  (fax +32.2707.1399; email:


Media representatives are advised that they will not be allowed to park their vehicles inside the NATO compound; they will be allowed to park on the “East” and “ West” parking areas, just outside NATO’s Main site entrance. Outside broadcasting vans will be able to park in the dedicated area on “parking H” upon request, starting from 3 August, 0700hrs.

Points of contact
Press arrangements Mrs. Alina Coca Tel: +32 (0)2 707 14 65

General Queries Front Office Tel: +32 (0)2 707 50 41
Accreditation Mr. Thomas Bellanger Tel : +32 (0)2 707 14 31
Fax: +32 (0)2 707 13 99
Pool Cards Requests (only for NAC meeting) By email only :
TV and Radio
Incl. parking
Mr. Jean-Marc Lorgnier Tel: +32 (0)2 707 50 06