Media Program & Groups

The ASEM 8 Summit takes place in the Royal Palace in Brussels. Since space inside the Royal Palace is limited and access is restricted, access to photo and film opportunities (hereafter events) must be arranged on a group card basis and in advance.

Thus, participation to an audiovisual group is limited to the media in possession of both the yellow nominative ASEM 8 Summit media badge and a group card dedicated to the event concerned. Each group card is valid for one person only and for one event only.

The coverage of the bilateral meetings ahead of the summit is subject to the precise arrangements established with the Summit Host. Interested media must display the yellow nominative ASEM 8 Summit media badge in combination with the orange-white floater badge for bilateral meetings (for more details on bilateral meetings, cf. ASEM 8 Summit Arrangements > Bilateral Meetings).

The participants of each group need to gather in advance at the Group Meeting Point (the different group meeting points will be indicated and will be displayed on the screens within the Media Centre).

Audiovisual groups are identified per event as listed below:

Monday 4 October

15:00 – 16:00: Arrival of the Heads of State and Government/Heads of Delegation (Place des Palais)
Pooled visual media coverage (GROUP A)

15:00 – 16:15: Partners visit to the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken
Pooled visual media coverage (GROUP B)

15:00 – 16:00: Welcome and Handshake (Grande Antichambre)
Pooled visual media coverage (GROUP C)

16:05 – 16:10: Family Photo (Salle des Glaces)
Pooled visual media coverage (GROUP D)

16:15 – 16:45: Opening Ceremony (Salle du Trône)
Pooled visual media coverage (GROUP E)

19:45 – 21:00: Working dinner (Salle du Trône)
Only host broadcaster and host photographer

Tuesday 5 October

8:30 – 9:30: Breakfast Meeting with AEBF Delegation
Only host broadcaster and host photographer

12:30 – 13:30: Reception hosted by His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium (Salle des Glaces)
Pooled visual media coverage (GROUP F)

13:30 – 14:45: Working dinner (Salle du Trône) 
Only host broadcaster and host photographer

16:45 – 17:15: Closing Ceremony (Salle du Trône)
Pooled visual media coverage (GROUP G)

17:30 – 18:00: Coordinators’ Press Conference (Media Centre)
Unrestricted coverage

17:45 – 20:00: Visit of Heads of State and Government/Heads of Delegation to BOZAR, Brussels Centre for Fine Arts: The exhibition “A Passage to Asia” throws light on 2,500 years of exchanges between Asia and Europe via a selection of over 300 supreme objects. The works of art form part of the cultural heritage of the 16 Asian countries participating in the ASEM 8 Summit.
Only host broadcaster and host photographer

Indicated times are subject to last minute changes.