IOC Executive Board Meeting and 127th IOC Session in Monaco – Information for the media

Lausanne, Oct 9, 2014: The IOC Executive Board (EB) meeting and the 127th IOC Session will be held in Monaco, Principality of Monaco, from 5 to 9 December 2014 (EB from 5 to 7 December/Session on 8 and 9 December).

The 127th IOC Session will take decisions on key policy issues following the consultation process and discussions initiated by IOC President Thomas Bach as part of Olympic Agenda 2020 – a strategic roadmap that will shape the future of the Olympic Movement.

Olympic Agenda 2020 is addressing three major themes: sustainability, credibility and youth, and the direction of the reforms has been widely endorsed and supported by the entire Olympic Movement so far.

The Session in Monaco is expected to make key decisions in the following areas:
– a possible new strategy for the bidding procedure will be addressed, in particular how the Olympic Games fit best into the social, environmental and long-term development plan of a host region;

– possible changes to the procedure for the composition of the Olympic Programme. This could include proposals for a more flexible approach by adopting an event-based rather than a sport-based approach to the composition of the programme;

– the establishment of an Olympic TV channel to help increase the presence of sports and the promotion of the Olympic values year round and worldwide.

All meetings will take place at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, 10 Avenue Princesse Grace – MC 98000. Tel: +377 99 99 20 00. Click HERE for the map of the hotel and its surroundings.

Media representatives wishing to cover the IOC meetings are required to complete the accreditation application on the IOC website by 15 November 2014. Any questions regarding the application procedure should be referred to the IOC Media Relations Team at

To submit your request for accreditation, please click HERE

Accreditation cards will be distributed at the Accreditation Desk, which is located at the entrance to the Main Media Centre at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco. Cards will be distributed only upon presentation of a valid passport or ID and press cards/proof of media affiliation. The

Accreditation Office will be open daily from 3 to 9 December.
Opening hours:
Wednesday 3 December
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday 4 December
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 5 December
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday 6 December
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 7 December
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday 8 December
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday 9 December
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

International media from the countries which normally require a visa to enter Monaco (Schengen zone) will have to apply for a visa. The Local Organising Committee will provide an invitation letter in order to assist with applications.

Useful information on Schengen visas:
Full instructions on procedure can be found HERE
To request an invitation letter, please send your email before 3 November 2014 to:

There are a range of hotels situated within the vicinity of the Grimaldi Forum Monaco which can be booked by media. Rooms have been secured at a preferred rate for media.

Click to view the list of preferred hotels and rates

Please note that media should book and pay for rooms directly via the hotel. Each room rate is displayed in Euros and includes breakfast and internet access. Please note that there is strict cancellation policy for the hotels that must be adhered to.

Free airport transfers will be available from Nice airport in France to Monaco and return. To order a free one-way transfer ticket from Nice airport to Monaco Click Here, booking code: CIOMC

Only media duly accredited for the 127th IOC Session in Monaco are entitled to a free ticket.

Tickets need to be printed in advance and presented to the bus driver upon boarding. Without a printed and readable ticket, the transfer will be at the cost of the media representative.

It will be possible to book and print return airport transfers directly at the media accreditation desk at the MMC during opening hours.
Public transport within Monaco will be free for all accredited media. There will be no dedicated media transport from the media hotels to the MMC.
You will find the enclosed route map and some practical information HERE: Compagnie des autobus de Monaco


Click here for the complete schedule of events.

Main Media Centre (MMC)

The MMC will consist of 250 workstations fitted with power (European plug), cabled and wifi internet which will be provided free of charge. Workplaces will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Media will be able to follow the 127th IOC Session live on closed circuit TV on large screens and TV monitors within the MMC. Headsets will be available with translation.

The MMC will be operational during the following hours:
Wednesday 3 December
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday 4 December
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 5 December
7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday 6 December
7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday 7 December
7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Monday 8 December
7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Tuesday 9 December
7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Note: The operating hours might change depending on the needs of the media.

Media will be able to access the catering facilities located within the Grimaldi Forum as well as the many restaurants and cafes within walking distance to the Forum.

Media Conference Room – Grimaldi Forum Monaco, Camille Blanc room
The Media Conference Room will be the venue of the various press conferences and press briefings during the EB and 127th IOC Session. The Media Conference Room will be open to all media and will have a platform with proper audio splits for a limited number of ENG crews and photographers. Free-of-charge wireless internet will be available in this area. Interpretation will be available in French and English via headsets.

Mixed Zones and Interview Areas – Grimaldi Forum Monaco

Mixed zone opportunities will be available during the 127th IOC Session for short interviews. For further information on operations and timings, please contact the IOC Media Operations team. Interview areas with backdrops will also be available in two separate locations.

Broadcast Services
Broadcasters interested in airing some of the Session’s proceedings and/or requesting stand-up positions at the Grimaldi Forum are requested to contact the IOC Media Operations team.

Eurovision Special Events will provide on-request world feed distribution of the available HD-SD pool coverage and a full range of onsite broadcast services to assist broadcasters attending the IOC Session in Monaco.

The following facilities will be offered:
• Stand-up positions for live programme inserts or local recording
• Multi-format tape playout
• Access to available pool host coverage on Distribution Amplifier for own recordings in common area of Media Centre
• Dubbing or clips of available pool coverage on tape or USB sticks
• Relay of host pool coverage on the Eurovision Network
• Connectivity to the Eurovision Global Network
• ENG crews – accredited to access the Congress Centre – (Minimum Hourly bookings)

For booking and rate card please contact:
Marc Stanislas
Tel: +41 22 717 2832
Mobile: +41 79 213 48 88

EBU Radio Operations
Studio service: radio feed point with ISDN codec, permitting journalists to transmit pre-produced pieces or do live interviews with their studios will be made available upon request. Advanced booking is required.
For booking and rate card, please contact:
Christophe Pasquier (Radio contact)
Tel: +41 22 717 26 22
Fax: +41 22 747 46 22

IOC Media Relations:
Contacts: Emmanuelle Moreau, Rachel Rominger
Phone: +41 21 621 6000

IOC Media Operations:
Contact: Anthony Edgar, Julie Brown, Colin Banks
Phone: +41 79 6151327

Local Organising Committee, Monaco:
Phone: +377 92 05 71 67
Important documents to download:
Map of Monaco (Bus & Hotels)

Hotel Rates —- IOC

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