Every year in May, the European Parliament celebrates Europe Day by inviting you to discover what goes on inside its buildings.
The Open Day is your chance to get closer to the people you elect to represent you and see how they work to defend your interests in the European Union.
This year, on Saturday 6 May, the European Parliament in Brussels will welcome visitors from 10:00 to 18:00 to discover how it shapes the laws that affect Europe.
Guided tours will start at regular intervals throughout the day, in English, French, Dutch and German. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes.
Would you prefer to visit on your own? That’s fine too. You’ll find information along the way to give you the basics about the European Parliament and its daily life. Staff members are also available to answer any questions that pop into your head and give you more information.
The Hemicycle is the epicentre of the European Parliament. This is where Members of the European Parliament debate the laws that will shape the future of the European Union. Join us there at 10:45 for the Welcome ceremony of the Open Day, and feel free to visit it at any time throughout the day. While you are there, have a look at the seating plan and see if you can find Members from your country.
At the European Parliament, Members represent you and defend your opinion. Throughout the year, they address issues that directly impact European citizens.
At the Open Day, it’s your turn to join the debate as a representative of the people. Take a seat, listen to the arguments of a panel of Members of the European Parliament and vote for what you think is best for your fellow Europeans.
This year Europe Day and the Iris Festival are taking over Brussels with free concerts and a multitude of activities on 6-7 May. The Iris Festival offers the chance to explore parts of the city usually off limits to the public. Stop by Brussels Park on Sunday 7 May to see what you can do in Brussels and look out for the European Parliament!
Don’t miss the first point of entry for visitors to the European Parliament. The European Parliament’s Belgian Information Office will host activities in Station Europe throughout the day, giving you a peek at what goes on inside the main buildings. You may also run into some of the Belgian Members of the European Parliament.
Stop by the groundbreaking Parlamentarium to experience European politics like never before and catch photographer Nick Danziger’s Eleven Women Facing War. The exhibition captures a series of intimate portraits of women living in the world’s most notorious war zones.
It’s an exciting day for the House of European History as 6 May is its official public opening. Discover this brand new museum that takes visitors on a unique journey through Europe’s history and challenges them to contemplate Europe’s future.
Peace and solidarity were the pillars of Robert Schuman’s 1950 declaration, which he presented on 9 May 1950. He proposed that France and Germany share their natural resources in a bid to make conflict between the countries ‘not merely unthinkable, but materially impossible’. Other European nations joined the endeavour, which made European cooperation a reality.
Sixty-seven years later, we remember and celebrate this founding act by opening the doors of the European Parliament and welcoming citizens to the heart of European democracy.
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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.
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