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.
Sixty years ago, the Treaty of Rome signed the European Union’s forerunner into existence, setting Europe on a new path.
The European Parliament celebrates the event in many ways, including with the Changing times, lasting values skywalk exhibition that celebrates the ideas that hold Europe together. 38 images from everyday life are on display around the Simone Veil Agora in Brussels and the Louise Weiss Agora in Strasbourg, showing how far Europe has come since 1957.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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ESPLANADE SOLIDARNOŚĆ 1980
Rue Wiertz 60/ Wiertzstraat 60
Lines 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95 all stop at the European Parliament.
Lines 12 and 21 also connect to Brussels Airport.
The nearest stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trone on lines 2 and 6.Public transport in Brussels
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.