DUBLIN, 30 October 2012 – The 19th OSCE Ministerial Council will take place on 6 and 7 December in Dublin.
The event will be held at the invitation of the 2012 OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore.
The Ministerial Council is the central decision-making and governing body of the OSCE. The meeting, held annually, provides the foreign ministers of the 56 OSCE participating States an opportunity to review and assess the Organization's activities during the past year and offer national viewpoints on security matters.
Journalists are invited to cover the event, which will be held the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Simmonscourt Complex, located at Simmonscourt Road, Dublin 4.
Advance accreditation of media representatives is mandatory. Accreditation will take place via a dedicated online registration system at:
The deadline for registration is close of business Friday, 16 November 2012.
Please note that journalists accredited to OSCE locations still need special accreditation for the Ministerial Council.
Detailed information about media facilities, instructions for web-based accreditation, reservation of rooms in media hotel, visa application procedure and the list of required documents is available in the media information circular available at http://www.osce.org/cio/96679.
Nationals of the following countries require a visa for entry to Ireland: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Visa applicants are encouraged to submit their applications in order to ensure the timely processing of all visas.
Visa-required journalists should note that Ireland is not in the Schengen zone so a Schengen visa is not sufficient to enter Ireland.