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Open day in BrusselsThe European Parliament opens its doors to visitors on 6 May 2017
 

Open Day 2017: Celebrate Europe Day

Take a look inside the European Parliament
 

Over 10,000 visitors discovered the European Parliament at the Open Day 2017. Starting at Station Europe, they got to peek inside and see the Hemicycle debating chamber before heading to the brand new House of European History. More than 100 volunteers were on hand to speak about what the European Parliament does and helped make the day a success. Take a look at the photo gallery and join us next year!  

Opening ceremony in the Hemicycle

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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.

 

DISCOVER YOUR EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: JOIN A GUIDED TOUR

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.

10:45 a.m.: welcome ceremony

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.

Debate is democracy in action

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.

11:30-12:30     'Media and education in times of post-truth'

12:30-13:15     Maternity leave

13:15-14:00     Free rail pass

 

BRUSSELS EUROPE WEEKEND

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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!

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STATION EUROPE

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.

 

TEMPORARY EXHIBITION AT THE PARLAMENTARIUM

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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.

 

HOUSE OF EUROPEAN HISTORY

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.

 

WHY WE CELEBRATE EUROPE DAY

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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PLENARY SESSION

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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

STATION EUROPE
Place du Luxembourg 100
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.

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