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Open Day of the European institutions in Brussels

Open Day of the European institutions in Brussels

Celebrate Europe Day at the European institutions in Brussels with the annual Open Day on 4 May 2019 from 10.00 to 18.00.

The Open Day is a unique opportunity for you to discover how the European institutions affect your life. You can step inside the institutions’ buildings and take part in special activities, such as public debates and guided tours.

This year the Open Day is about choosing your future. The European elections on 23-26 May are your chance to have a say on who makes big decisions that affect your daily life. Pledge to vote and take responsibility for the future at thistimeimvoting.eu.

 

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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, public debates and more. There is no better place to find out about the European elections 2019 and how they will affect your life. Step inside the Hemicycle itself for briefings that explain what goes on inside the plenary chamber. Public debates and other activities will show you how your vote will shape the future of Europe. Outside, the Agora Simone Veil will host a full programme of festivities.

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 House of the Member States, where European leaders take decisions. Sit in your minister's seat in a real meeting room, walk in the shoes of your leader, see the stunning lantern of the Europa building. Explore interactive games and fun activities for everyone. Discover how our countries work together, test your knowledge of our two institutions, and maybe win a small prize. Children will have their dedicated corner, but they are free to challenge their parents on who loves Europe more.

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

Through a playful and interactive walk by 30 stands, this 27th edition of the OPENDAY in the Berlaymont will present the main policies of the EU, highlighting "what Europe does for me".

More than 150 European civil servants on site will offer visitors time to chat, play, explain, and share personal experiences about European policies, thus contributing to bringing the EU always closer to its citizens.

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

Visiting hours: 10.00-19.00 (Last entrance at 18.00)

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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

Do you want to learn more about the EU's Foreign Policy? Are you interested in how our Common Security and Defence Policy is carried out? What does multilateralism mean to you?

This year we invite you on a tour of the EU around the world! Come join us with your family and friends and discover more about the EU's policies and actions across the globe. It will be a fun and interesting journey!

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 other interest 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. This year, a special focus will be given to the European elections of 23-26 May, in which all European citizens can have their say and shape the Europe of tomorrow - a topic that is very relevant for civil society.

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

Come explore the added value of the EU in your regions and cities and continue to shape the future of Europe. In the spotlight this year: European elections and the CoR 25th anniversary (1994-2019)!

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

Visiting hours: 10.00-18.00 (last entrance 17.30)

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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: 10.00-19.00 (Last entrance at 18.00)

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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

A retro bus will transport visitors between institutions and Parc Royal.

More activities

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

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