Journalistsâ€™ organisations at the International Press Center (IPC) in the RÃ©sidence Palace, Brussels, are concerned about the future for this important press venue in the heart of Europe. They are organising an open event to discuss the future for the centre. Tuesday, 20 November 2007. 14.00. Come along and give your view.
The convergence of several construction sites within and around the IPC, as well as long-term reshuffling of the European area, are threatening public access to the IPC as well the services it provides to journalists and the public. Press organisations including the Association GÃ©nÃ©rale des Journalistes Professionnels de Belgique (AGJPB), International Press Association (API-IPA), International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Journalists@YourService (J@YS) have therefore got together to organise this press conference â€˜What future for the IPC in Brussels?â€™
Date – TUESDAY 20 NOVEMBER, 14.00 in the International Press Center, RÃ©sidence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, B-1040 Brussels, (Ground Floor).
Brussels hosts the largest number of foreign journalists in the world. That number does not include the 2,000 Belgian journalists working every day of the week in the Belgian capital.
The need for infrastructure for domestic and foreign media in the capital of Europe is clear. The AGJPB, IFJ, IPA and J@YSs ask for guarantees that the Brussels Press Center will be able to continue its important function, both for the short term and in the long run.
The meeting will focus on areas such as:
- Difficulties users will face in the future (construction sites, absence of parking, development projects for the area, etc.).
- The guarantees that journalistsâ€™ organisations are asking for (contacts with Belgian and European politicians have already been established).
- The services the IPC has offered since its creation in 2001.
Contact: Martine Simonis, National Secretary AGJPB (0476 225052)