For the first time, the Council of Europe will jointly host the European Parliament’s open day in Strasbourg on Sunday, 14 May, from 10.00 to 18.00.
Visitors will have the opportunity to look around both institutions: start at the main entrance of the European Parliament before taking the footbridge over the River Ill to the Council of Europe building.
At 9.30, the Eurocorps will raise the European Union flag to mark the beginning of the open day and the North Germany Big Band will play the European Anthem. This will be followed by the official opening ceremony led by Vice-President of the European Parliament Rainer Wieland, at which Members of the European Parliament, and diplomatic and local officials will be present.
From 11.00 to 14.00, visitors can take part in a debate with Members of the European Parliament in the Hemicycle.
By following the signposted route, visitors will be able to discover how the European Parliament functions while enjoying the entertainment on offer. They will have the chance to meet representatives of the political groups and the European Parliament’s directorates-general at their respective stands. Representatives of many associations and other European Union institutions will also be present to talk about the challenges facing the European Union and the work of the European Parliament.
During the day there will be activities, Europe-themed games, competitions, shows and concerts. Visitors will be able to eat on site.
The City of Strasbourg will open the Lieu d'Europe education centre to visitors, where they will be able to enjoy art workshops, dance classes, concerts and get something to eat.
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.
Entrance Louise Weiss No 2
1, Allée du Printemps
F-67070 Strasbourg cedex
Please consult the SNCF (French railways) website.SNCF
Bus lines 6, 30 and 72: ‘Droits de l’Homme’ stop (a 10-minute walk from the Parliament)
Tram line E: ‘Parlement Européen’ stopPublic transport in Strasbourg
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