DG COMM works under the authority of the European Commission President and Vice President Viviane Reding. Its mission is to:
In order to accomplish its mission, DG COMM runs successfully a number of information dissemination services. One of these services, related with the collecting, processing and publishing of Press Releases is RAPID service.
The RAPID database contains all the Press Releases of the Commission since 1975, the great majority of them in at least two languages. It also contains Press Releases of some of the other European institutions, particularly the Council of the Union. Press releases of the Commission are available in at least English and French (the working languages of the Commission Press Room), while many of the Press Releases are available in all EC languages.
The main goal of RAPID service is to provide users with the most flexible way of searching and retrieving the documents in different formats. All documents within RAPID are publicly available without using a personal username. However, users may obtain and use a personal username in order to personalize their working environment within RAPID, e.g. save their search criteria, subscribe to Press Releases and receive notifications via email.
Please find in the documentation page, the user manual document which provides the comprehensive description of the RAPID functionality, from the usage point of view. Each of functionality is described in detail, using a step-by-step approach.
Please do not hesitate to contact the RAPID team for problems concerning Press Releases or availability.