For media

ECB Forum on Central Banking - For media The ECB Forum on Central Banking takes place every year in Sintra, Portugal, giving participants the opportunity to exchange views on current policy issues. Participation is by invitation only.

Reporting rules

All presentations, papers and discussions that are part of the official programme of the ECB Forum are on the record. However, conversations with Forum participants in the margins of the conference should be considered off the record unless otherwise agreed with the person in question.

The conference is webcast live on the ECB’s website and streamed to the on-site Press Centre in Sintra.

Interviews and bilateral conversations

For video interviews with conference participants, two outside interview tents and an interview corner in the Press Centre will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register any vehicles needed for transmission/equipment with the ECB Forum’s media team ( in advance.

The ECB Forum’s media team will be happy to assist with logistical arrangements as needed and to the extent possible.

The Press Centre and the hotel lobby area are available for use by all media representatives. For interviews with ECB participants please see media contacts below. Interviews with non-ECB participants should be agreed directly with them.

“Door-stepping” is restricted to the area in front of the Press Centre. Please respect the fact that some participants may not wish to give any statements.

Photos and television

Pictures and webcast of the ECB Forum will be made available via Flickr and the ECB website.

Speeches, presentation slides and papers

Where possible, papers discussed during the Forum will be published shortly before the conference begins. Any additional papers, together with speeches and slides, will be uploaded to the ECB’s website after delivery/upon expiry of the embargo time.



Registered media representatives will receive a badge, which must be visibly worn during the Forum.

Due to limited capacity, access to the conference room is restricted to conference participants. Accredited journalists can follow the Forum via livestream in the Press Centre, located close to the conference venue. Work areas in the Press Centre will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Press Centre


Registered journalists can receive their badges and sign in at the Press Centre from 15:00 on 17 June. A valid press ID and identification document (ID or passport) will need to be presented. On-site accreditation/registration will not be possible.

If you are interested in attending this event, please contact the ECB Forum’s media team ( for information on accreditation and registration deadlines, by 24 May 2019 at the latest.

Opening hours and access

The Press Centre will be open from 15:00 to 21:00 on 17 June. On 18 and 19 June it will be open from 8:00 to 19:00. All times are local.


For further information, please contact the ECB Forum’s media representatives:

Transfers and accommodation


The conference takes place in the Penha Longa Hotel. If you are looking for a hotel near the conference venue, we recommend contacting the Pestana Sintra Hotel.


For room bookings, please send an email to and mention that the booking request is related to the "ECB Forum 2019".


Transfers between the conference venue and the Pestana hotel will be provided. For more information please refer to the Frequently asked questions.