Updated: 18-Mar-2003 NATO Press Releases


17 Mar. 2003

Foreign Ministers Meeting

Madrid - 3-4 June 2003

1. Information

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 Madrid on 3 – 4 June.

The Palacio Municipal de Congresos, at the Campo de las Naciones, is the venue where working sessions are going to be held. The Media Centre will be located in the same building.

2. Accreditation and security

A “JPG” ID card format photograph must be attached to the request for accreditation form, which must be duly filled out and returned before Friday, 23 May 2003, to the following address:

Carlos Ruiz de la Sierra
Centro Acreditaciones
Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores
C/ Padilla nº 46 – 1ª Planta
28071 MADRID – Spain
Tel. : +34 91 379 17 64 / 55
Fax : +34 91 577 06 80
e-mail : carlos.ruiz@mae.es

Please bear in mind that requests received after Friday, 23 May 2003, and those to which a “JPG” format ID-size photograph is not attached will be rejected.

Previously requested passes will be issued in person at the Media Accreditation Centre, “Sala Lisboa”, Hotel Novotel, Calle Amsterdam No.3, close to the Palacio Municipal de Congresos (Campo de las Naciones, as of 10:30 am on Saturday, 31 May 2003.

In order to be issued a pass, media representatives will need to produce their passport / national identity card and press card and a letter of introduction from the media they represent , featuring their particulars.
Any Spanish security or Organization staff member may ask any media representative to prove his/her identity by producing an official document, passport or identity card, even if the journalist is wearing his/her personal media pass visibly.

In case of loss of a personal media pass, the Accreditation Centre must be notified immediately, “Sala Lisboa” - Hotel Novotel, otherwise a new pass will not be issued.

Media representatives are informed that security staff at the Media Centre will examine and inspect all personal items or work equipment carried by the journalist. In order to prevent crowds, media representatives are requested to arrive in good time to go through the mandatory security checks smoothly, thus, helping the law enforcement officers and, also, the organization staff to do their job.

3. Media centre

The Media Centre staffed by Spanish and NATO personnel will be located at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos (Campo de las Naciones): Avenida Capital de España Madrid - 28042 MADRID - Spain

Media Centre opening hours:

Monday 2 June 10:00- 24:00 hours
Tuesday 3 June 06:00 - 24:00 hours
Wednesday 4 June 06:00 - 20:00 hours

Sufficient space will be allocated to the Media Centre, which will be equipped with adequate telecommunications and broadcasting facilities for all media. Television and radio booths will be available upon prior request to the host broadcasters: TVE (Televisión Española) and RNE (Radio Nacional de España).

For specific issues regarding television, please contact TVE:

Fernando Ruiz Grijalba,
Jefe del Servicio de Medios Internacionales y Gestión de Vías
Televisión Española S.A. (TVE)
Alcalde Sainz de Baranda, 92
28007 MADRID - Spain
Tel.: +34 91 346 82 00
Fax: +34 91 574 32 72
e-mail: fruiz.tve@rtve.es

Francisco Cortés Núñez
Responsable del Booking Internacional
Televisión Española S.A. (TVE)
Alcalde Sainz de Baranda, 92
28007 MADRID - Spain
Tel.: +34 91 346 86.06
Fax: +34 91 574 32 72
e-mail: booking.tve@rtve.es

For specific issues regarding radio, please contact RNE:

Enrique Martínez Torres
Subdirector de Emisiones y Producción
Radio Nacional de España (RNE)
Casa de la Radio
Prado del Rey
28223 MADRID - Spain
Tel.: +34 91 346 16 92
Fax: +34 91 346 14 73
e-mail: sub_emisiones.rne@rtve.es

4. News conferences and press briefings

All press conferences and briefings will take place at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos.

5. Transport - parking - visas

Metro (Line 8) or taxi are advised for transportation to and from the Airport.

The main road with access to the Campo de las Naciones, where the Palacio Municipal de Congresos is located, is the M-40 ring road.

Metro: Line 8
Bus: Lines 112 and 122

There will be no parking facilities in areas adjacent to the Media Centre.
However, there are pay car parks in the vicinity.

Visas for traveling to Spain: Kindly check with the nearest Spanish Embassy or Consulate.

6. Accommodation

Viajes El Corte Inglés S.A. is the travel agency in charge of managing the reservations for the hotels selected by the Organization of the North Atlantic Council Ministerial Meeting. The hotels allocated to the Media are: Hotel Abba Castilla Plaza****, Hotel Silken Puerta de Castilla**** and Hotel Meliá Castilla****. There will be a shuttle service between these hotels and the Palacio Municipal de Congresos.

For more detailed information please contact:

Pilar Colmenarejo
División de Congresos, Convenciones e Incentivos de Viajes “El Corte Inglés”.
C/ Princesa nº 47 – 4ª planta. 28008 MADRID - Spain
Tel.: +34 91 204 26 00
Fax: +34 91 559 74 11

Montse del Barrio
División de Congresos, Convenciones e Incentivos de Viajes “El Corte Inglés”.
C/ Princesa, 47 – 4ª planta. 28008 MADRID - Spain
Tel.: +34 91 204 26 00
Fax: +34 91 559 74 11

7. Payment

Method of payment shall be Bank Transfer, or Credit Card (Visa, Master Card, Amex, Diners Club and El Corte Inglés card).


8. Programme and pools

The final programme for the meetings will be handed out at the time when media passes are issued.

Requests for pool cards will be processed at the Information Desk of the Media Centre.

9. Additional information

Luis Arias Romero,
Oficina de Información Diplomática
Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores
Plaza Marqués de Salamanca
28071 MADRID - Spain
Tel.: +34 91 379 98 40 / 41
Fax: +34 91 575 23 28
e-mail : luis.arias@mae.es

François Le Blévennec
NATO Press and Media Service
B-1110 Brussels – Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)2 707 50 38
Fax : +32 (0)2 707 50 57
e-mail: press@hq.nato.int

10. Annexes

  • Annex 1: Media accreditation form (.PDF/28Kb)
  • Annex 2: Hotel reservation form (.PDF/27Kb)
+32 (0)2 707 50 41
+32 (0)2 707 50 57
B-1110 Brussels/Bruxelles

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