A million visitors to the European Parliament’s Visitors Centre, the Parlamentarium
The European Parliament’s Visitors Centre, the Parlamentarium, will on Wednesday celebrate its millionth visitor since it opened in October 2011. He or she will be welcomed by Mairead McGuinness, Vice-President of the European Parliament, at around 12.00. The Parlamentarium gives adults and children the chance to make a virtual, interactive journey through European integration and experience its impact on the everyday lives of citizens.
'Since 2011, our visitors centre has provided a unique opportunity for anyone to come and see for themselves how the political decisions that influence our daily lives are actually made by the European Parliament and the other EU institutions,' said Ms McGuinness. 'It is a great hit with tourists and the fact that we have attracted a million visitors shows how strong the public interest is in our work and how important it is to provide citizens with information about the EP in every possible way,' she added.
The Parlamentarium is open to the public seven days a week, free of charge and with no need for an entry pass. It works in 24 languages, can provide sign language in four (English, French, Dutch and German) and is fully accessible to visitors with special needs. With its state-of-the art multimedia tools, it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Brussels and the biggest parliamentary visitor centre in Europe.