Updated: 16-May-2000 NATO Press Releases

(2000) 048

15 May 2000

Foreign Ministers Meetings, Florence 24-25 May 2000

Date and place

Meetings at Foreign Ministers level of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) and between NATO Foreign Ministers and the Foreign Ministers of Partner Countries will be held in Florence on 24-25 May 2000.

The meetings will take place in the Fortezza da Basso citadel in Florence (close to the railway station), Viale Filippo Strozzi, Porta S. Maria Novella.

Second media advisory

1. Media facilities

1. Working area

The Media Centre will be set up in the Arsenale building of the Fortezza da Basso. It will include individual work spaces equipped with telephones, modems and power supply sockets.

2. TV and radio

RAI is co-ordinating the installation of facilities for television and radio. Editing booths without equipment will be available on order.

For further information please contact:


For bookings: Technical contact:

Mrs. Laura Maggiore Mr. Antonio de Lella
Tel: +39 06 33 17 28 14 Tel: +39 06 33 17 96 76
Fax: +39 06 33 17 06 36 Fax +39 06 33 54 40 57
e-mail: eurovision@rai.it e-mail: a.della@rai.it

2. Accreditation and enquiries

Applications for accreditation should be made before 15 May 2000, using the attached form which should be sent to the appropriate address:

a. For Media representatives based outside Italy:
Mr. François Le Blévennec
NATO Press and Media Service
B-1110 Brussels
Tel. +32 (0)2 707 50 38
Fax +32 (0)2 707 50 57
e-mail: press@hq.nato.int

b. For Media representatives based in Italy

Ministero Degli Affari Esteri
Servizio Stampa & Informazione
Mrs Loreta Nocentini
Tel. +39 06 36 91 34 32
Fax: +39 06 36 91 21 22

3. Collection of passes - security checks

Accreditation passes can be collected from 09:00 on Monday, 22 May at the accreditation desk in the Media Centre, on presentation of a valid press card and a further proof of identity with photograph. The pass and the proof of identity should be carried at all times.
Opening hours of the accreditation desk:

Monday 22 May 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 23 May 09:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 24 May 07:00 - 20:00
Thursday 25 May 07:00 - 18:00

All media representatives are informed that security personnel at the Media Centre will examine and may also test equipment and personal effects carried onto the site. To avoid delays, media representatives are requested to arrive with sufficient time to clear the security checks. Television broadcasters, wire services and radio stations with cumbersome or bulky equipment are particularly urgent to move most of it into the media area as early as possible.

4. Opening hours of the media centre

The Media Centre will be open at the following times:

Monday 22 May 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 23 May 09:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 24 May 07:00 - 23:00
Thursday 25 May 07:00 - 20:00

5. Parking

Private vehicles will not be able to park inside the Fortezza da Basso
Technical vehicles will be allowed to park in the Media Centre area after the appropriate security check. These vehicles, once admitted, will not be allowed to re-enter without a security check.

6. Visas - accommodation

Media representatives from some countries will need a visa to enter Italy. Those in doubt should consult the nearest Embassy of Italy.

Due to the particularly crowded tourist season, media representatives are advised to book their hotel rooms as soon as possible. Accommodation can be booked through:

Mrs. Cristina Valenti
Organizzazione Internazionale Congressi (OIC)
Viale Matteotti 7
50121 Firenze

Tel. +39 05 55 03 53 44
Fax: +39 05 55 52 84 21
e-mail: c.valenti@oic.it

7. Pool arrangements

Depending on the number of media representatives requesting to cover various events, the organisers may have to limit coverage to restricted groups on a pool basis. Pool passes will be distributed at the accreditation desk, starting from 16:00 on Tuesday, 23 May 2000.

Requests for pool passes should be made when checking in at the desk for accreditation. All public events will be shown on closed-circuit television which can be watched at several places in the Media Centre as well as in the editing booths of television and radio stations.

8. Tentative programme

All times are subject to change

Tuesday, 23 May 2000

Arrival of Delegations in hotels

20:00 hours Reception for the Press at the Fortezza da Basso hosted by the Italian Authorities.

Wednesday, 24 May 2000

08:30 hours Meeting of the North Atlantic Council
12:55 hours Family portrait
13:00 hours

Working luncheon

15:30 hours News conference by the Secretary General of NATO
16:00 hours Meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC)
To be confirmed
18:05 hours News conference by the PJC Chair
To be confirmed
20:30 hours

Official dinner hosted by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Thursday, 25 May 2000

08:45 hours Signing of PfP framework document by Croatia
09:00 hours Meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC)
10:35 hours The NATO Secretary General and the Ukrainian Foreign Minister jointly meet the Press
11:00 hours

Meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council

13:15 hours

Family portraint
13:20 hours Working luncheon



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