05/07/2021 | Press release | Archived content
The inaugural event to launch the Conference on the Future of Europe will take place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Europe Day, Sunday 9 May.
When: Sunday, 9 May, 14.00 - 15.30
Where: European Parliament in Strasbourg
The prprogrammeogramme will last an hour and a half. It will feature a welcome speech by French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as speeches by Presidents Sassoli, von der Leyen and Prime Minister Costa, representing the EU Institutions alongside short interventions by the Conference Executive Board's co-chairs. Contributions via video link from citizens and civil society are also planned, as well as musical performances by Violinist Renaud Capuçon and Karski quartet. The launch will link to Europe Day events across the Member states.
27 Erasmus students from all member states will be present in the Parliament's hemicycle, and around 300 citizens invited to attend remotely will be present through large TV screens.
Ministers for European affairs and other VIP guests will also join remotely.
Please find the detailed programme here.
COVID-19 prevention measures
Journalists can attend, provided they strictly follow the health restrictions and measures put in place by the French authorities and the European Parliament. Any media physically present at the event are requested to respect social distancing of 1.5 m while on EP premises and to wear a medical face mask at all times.
The video, audio and photo coverage will be available to download in 'live replay' on the Multimedia Centre:
Annual press badges (either inter-institutional badges or EP badges) are valid.
Journalists without an access badge need to request accreditation before 8 May (18.00) via the journalist registration website.
Badges can then be collected at the main entrance of the Louise Weiss building as of 7:00 on 9 May. For any question linked to the accreditation procedure please contact:
(+32) 2 28 44817 (BXL)
(+33) 3 881 74561 (STR)
(+32) 498 98 35 44 (portable)
Media access will be facilitated through the main entrance to the Louise Weiss building. The doors will open at 7:00am on Sunday 9th May. The separate press entrance will be closed.
The following areas will be accessible for journalists:
Wi-Fi will be available in all parts of the building. The login and password will be communicated on the day itself.
Audiovisual facilities (booking required)
The following audiovisual services will be provided:
To allow us to best facilitate your work, please send in your requests before Saturday 8 May 13:00 to [email protected] . Please note that the usual range of audio-visual facilities (TV and radio studios, crews, editing ...) will not be available.
Photo Opportunities (restricted access, registration required)
Photo and video pools will be organised for the:
(+32) 2 28 43418 (BXL)
(+33) 3 881 73418 (STR)
For any questions linked to the programme or the facilities, please contact EP audio-visual press team:
AV Press Officer: Isabelle ZERROUK
(+32) 2 28 42742 (BXL)
(+33) 3 881 74032 (STR)
(+32) 470 88 02 62 (portable)