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Open Day of the European institutions in Brussels

Open Day of the European institutions in Brussels

To celebrate Europe Day, the European institutions in Brussels will open their doors to the public for the annual Open Day on 5 May 2018 from 10.00 to 18.00.

The Open Day is a unique opportunity for everyone from the young to the not-so-young to discover how the European institutions work, what their priorities are and how they affect the lives of Europeans.

Throughout the day, visitors can step inside the institutions’ buildings to take part in special activities such as public debates and enjoy guided tours of the buildings, all in a festive atmosphere.

 

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Find out about the activities in Brussels

European Parliament

The European Parliament directly represents the opinions of Europeans. The Open Day lets you find out about its work with special exhibitions by the political groups and public debates with Members of the European Parliament. You can step inside the Hemicycle itself for briefings that explain what goes on inside the plenary chamber. Public debates on fake news, the European elections and Europe's values will also show you some of the parliamentary spirit. Outside, the Agora Simone Veil will host activities to make for a festive European atmosphere.

Address: Esplanade Solidarność, Place du Luxembourg/Luxemburgplein 100, 1047 Bruxelles/ Brussel (Google Maps)

Visiting hours: 10.00–18.00

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European Council / Council of the European Union

Discover the place where European leaders take their decisions. Walk in the footsteps of your President or Prime Minister in the Europa building - the House of the Member States.

Address: Rue de la Loi/ Wetstraat 175, 1048 Bruxelles/ Brussel (Google Maps)

Visiting hours: 10.00-18.00  Last guided tour: 17.00

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European Commission

Discover the nerve centre of the European Commission, the Berlaymont building. About 30 stands will show in a playful and interactive way the main policies of the EU and will highlight the European Year for Cultural Heritage 2018. A series of mini citizen dialogues will give people a chance to talk directly with personalities of the European Commission and a series of outside fun activities will entertain young and old. Come with your family and friends to learn more about what Europe does for all of us!

Address: Rue de la Loi/ Wetstraat 200, 1049 Bruxelles/ Brussel (Google Maps)

Visiting hours: 10.00-19.30 (Last entrance at 18.30)

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European Court of Auditors

Meet the EU's auditors. Learn how they safeguard the financial interests of the EU citizens. Test your auditing skills in a quiz and see if you have what it takes to become an EU auditor.

Address: Rue de la Loi/ Wetstraat 200, 1049 Bruxelles/ Brussel (Google Maps)

Visiting hours: 10.00-18.00

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European External Action Service

Different stands will showcase the main activities carried out in EU Common Security & Defence Policy missions and operations. A variety of activities and events for ages will be organised. The topic for this year will be "European Year for Cultural Heritage”, we will show how the EEAS contributes to this policy around the world.

Address: Rond-point Schuman/ Schumanplein 9A, 1000 Bruxelles/ Brussel (Google Maps)

Visiting hours: 10.00-18.00

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European Economic and Social Committee

Visit the only institution representing Organised Civil Society in Europe (employers, workers and various interests groups) and learn how the EESC works. Find out about our Committee and discuss with the EESC's members to understand their role in the EU's decision-making process. 2018 is the European Year for Cultural Heritage, and the EESC will give a special cultural focus to its communication activities: you can discover all that during the Open day!

Address: Rue Belliard/ Belliardstraat 99-101, 1000 Bruxelles/ Brussel (Google Maps)

Visiting hours: 10.00-18.00

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European Committee of the Regions

Experience Europe's diversity, and get an insight into the European assembly of regional and local representatives. In the spotlight this year: EU regions and cities and their culture!

Address: Rue Belliard/ Belliardstraat 99-101, 1000 Bruxelles/ Brussel (Google Maps)

Visiting hours: 10.00-18.00

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European Data Protection Supervisor

Whether shopping online, using a smartphone or applying for jobs, data protection affects us all. Visit the EDPS stand at the European Commission to find out more about how data protection affects you!

Address: Rue de la Loi/ Wetstraat 200, 1049 Bruxelles/ Brussel (Google Maps)

Visiting hours: 10.00-19.30 (Last entrance at 18.30)

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Practical information

Accessing the event

We strongly advise you to use public transport to access the European neighbourhood.

  • Train: Brussels-Luxembourg and Brussels-Schuman stations
  • Bus:
    • Lines 12, 21, 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95 all stop near the European Parliament
    • Lines 12, 21, 22, 26, 60, 61 and 79 all stop near Rond-point Schuman
    • Lines 12 and 21 also connect to Brussels Airport
  • Metro: The nearest stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trône on lines 2 and 6

An event train will transport visitors between institutions, and they are all within walking distance.

Download the event leaflet (3.41 MB)

More activities

Other activities will also take place in the streets of the European neighbourhood:

Contact: contact@europeday.europa.eu

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