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Esplanade Solidarność 1980

The main artery of the European Parliament site
 

The Esplanade Solidarność 1980 – with the Agora Simone Veil at its centre – defines the European Parliament site in Brussels, connecting its buildings with the Place du Luxembourg, the Brussels-Luxembourg train station and Parc Léopold. It’s the ideal place to grab a sandwich, read a book, or even just soak up the atmosphere of the European Parliament.

 

CELEBRATING SIMONE VEIL: CONSCIENCE OF A CENTURY

The life and work of Simone Veil is being celebrated in a new skywalk exhibition on the Agora that bears her name.
The first female European Parliament president, who passed away in June 2017, left an indelible mark on both Europe and the European Parliament. The photo exhibition, titled Conscience of a Century, can be seen in Brussels, as well as Strasbourg, and covers the four major themes in her life: shattered adolescence, political feminist activism, steadfast Europeanism and moral conscience.

 

SOLIDARNOŚĆ 1980 - A BIT OF HISTORY

Solidarność was founded in Poland in 1980 during a series of strikes against the country’s totalitarian regime. Ten million Poles joined this independent and autonomous trade union. The regime reacted with persecutions, arrests and the murder of political opponents. But the changes initiated by Solidarność eventually led to peaceful negotiations with the communist government, which resulted in the first partially free elections in June 1989. Following these elections, Poland became the first central and eastern European country to be led by a non-communist government. In turn, this set in motion democratic changes in other countries – leading to the fall of the Iron Curtain and the unification of Europe.

 

AN IMPRESSIVE ARCHITECTURAL BACKDROP

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The Agora Simone Veil is at the centre of the Esplanade Solidarność 1980 and offers an impressive architectural backdrop. It is a great place from which to admire the architecture of the European Parliament’s Altiero Spinelli, Willy Brandt and Joszef Antall buildings. All three (as well as other European Parliament buildings) are named after charismatic figures who played an important role in the construction of the European Union.

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A DYNAMIC HUB

The Esplanade Solidarność 1980 hosts more than 40 public events every year, run by the European Union institutions and other organisations. Keep an eye on the agenda!

You are a public events organiser?

The Esplanade Solidarność 1980 could be just the place to host your event! All requests are assessed in accordance with strict criteria by a committee representing the European Parliament and the local authorities.

Further information can be found here:

For further details on the procedures, please contact either the European Parliament or the Ixelles municipal administration.

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AGENDA BRUSSELS

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Brussels
22-06-2016

Esplanade Solidarność

PLENARY SESSION

Brussels
Wed Feb 24 00:00:00 CET 2016 - Thu Feb 25 23:59:59 CET 2016
Wed Apr 27 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu Apr 28 23:59:59 CEST 2016
Wed May 25 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu May 26 23:59:59 CEST 2016
Wed Jun 22 00:00:00 CEST 2016 - Thu Jun 23 23:59:59 CEST 2016
Wed Nov 30 00:00:00 CET 2016 - Thu Dec 01 23:59:59 CET 2016
Wed Feb 01 00:00:00 CET 2017 - Thu Feb 02 23:59:59 CET 2017
Wed Mar 01 00:00:00 CET 2017 - Thu Mar 02 23:59:59 CET 2017
Wed Apr 26 00:00:00 CEST 2017 - Thu Apr 27 23:59:59 CEST 2017
Wed May 31 00:00:00 CEST 2017 - Thu Jun 01 23:59:59 CEST 2017
Wed Nov 29 00:00:00 CET 2017 - Thu Nov 30 23:59:59 CET 2017
Wed Feb 28 00:00:00 CET 2018 - Thu Mar 01 23:59:59 CET 2018
Wed May 02 00:00:00 CEST 2018 - Thu May 03 23:59:59 CEST 2018

Plenary Session

Plenary
Exhibition
Other

GETTING THERE

ESPLANADE SOLIDARNOŚĆ 1980
Rue Wiertz 60/ Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Brussels
Belgium

Train

Brussels-Luxembourg serves the European Parliament

Belgian Railways

Bus

Lines 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95 all stop at the European Parliament.
Lines 12 and 21 also connect to Brussels Airport.

Metro

The nearest stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trone on lines 2 and 6.

Public transport in Brussels

Atrium welcome point

The Atrium entrance in Rue D'Ardenne allows for pick-up and drop-off by bus and for visitors to get their bearings before starting the visit.

-Closed in July and August-

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