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.

Ground rules for the media

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 on the margins of the conference should be considered strictly 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. Retransmission of any kind is not permitted.

Interviews and bilateral conversations

For television/video interviews with conference participants, two outside interview tents and an interview corner in the Press Centre will be available for use 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 open available for use by all media representatives for arranged bilateral talks/conversations. Other areas of the hotel may be used for private conversations among participants. Please respect their right to privacy.

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, and we encourage the media to exercise restraint and to respect the fact that some participants may not wish to deliver any statements.

Photos and television

The access restrictions also apply to photographers and television teams. Pictures and footage will be made available for downloading.

Speeches, presentation slides and papers

Information will be uploaded to the conference programme after delivery/expiry of the embargo time.



For security reasons, access to the conference room is restricted to conference participants only. This restriction also applies to accredited journalists. We ask for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Media representatives will receive a badge on the first day of the conference, which must be worn at all times during the Forum.

Press Centre


Accredited journalists can receive their badges and sign in at the Press Centre from 15:00 on 18 June. A valid press ID and identification document (ID or passport) will need to be presented. Onsite accreditation will not be possible.

Opening hours and access

The Press Centre will be open from 15:00 to 21:00 on 18 June. On 19 and 20 June it will be open from 8:00 to 19:00. All times are local.

Accredited journalists will not have direct access to the main conference room, but the sessions will be transmitted live via a video link to the Press Centre, which is situated near the conference room. The Press Centre has limited capacity and work areas will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


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

Stefan Ruhkamp
+49 172 145 7667

Transfers and accommodation

Lisbon International Airport (Portela) is conveniently located about 15 minutes from Lisbon city centre and about 30 to 45 minutes from the venue of the ECB Forum in Sintra.


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.


Transfers between the conference venue and the Pestana hotel will be provided as follows:

  • 18 June: Penha Longa to Pestana, departing at 21:00
  • 19 June: Pestana to Penha Longa, departing at 7:30
  • 19 June: Penha Longa to Pestana, departing at 18:00
  • 20 June: Pestana to Penha Longa, departing at 7:30
  • 20 June: Penha Longa to Pestana, departing at 17:00

Arrival transfers

On 18 June, a shuttle service will operate between the airport in Lisbon, Penha Longa Hotel and Pestana Hotel, departing every 30 minutes between 10:30 and 17:30. A welcome desk, from which support staff will guide you to the pick-up point, will be located in the arrivals hall on the right-hand side when exiting customs (adjacent to the shop OLA).

Departure transfers

On 20 June, after the end of the conference, a shuttle service will operate from the Penha Longa Hotel to the airport in Lisbon, departing every 30 minutes between 16:30 and 18:30. On 21 June, a transfer from the Pestana Hotel to Lisbon Airport will be provided at 7:30.

Additional transfer possibilities

There is an official taxi rank outside the arrivals hall at Lisbon International Airport.

If you wish to rent a car, please contact one of the following car rental operators at the airport:

Should you need any assistance with arrival and departure transfers, please contact us at or +39 377 979 2264