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Open Day 2019 in Strasbourg

Celebrate Europe at the heart of the European Parliament in the run up to the European elections

Celebrate Europe Day by exploring the European Parliament building on 19 May.

The Open Day gives you the opportunity to learn more about how your interests are represented in the European Parliament. This years’ edition focuses on the importance of choosing your future. Discover everything you need to know about the European Elections on 26 May and find out why it is crucial to vote for a strong democracy.

To mark this exceptional day, the European Parliament will be open from 10.00 - 18.00.


The programme

Opening ceremony

  • The raising of the European colours - at 9.30 Eurocorps will raise the European flag in the presence of European Parliament representatives, local authorities and other officials.
  • Official opening - at 10.00 Rainer Wieland, vice-president of the European Parliament, will officially inaugurate the event.
  • European anthem - until 11.00 the Lorraine Regional choir will sing the European anthem before performing, ending with a release of doves.

European democracy

  • Debates in the Hemicycle - come and exchange ideas or opinions with Members of the European Parliament from 11.00-14.00. Discussions will also be streamed on a big screen outside at the entrance to the European Parliament.
  • What Europe does for you - an educational pathway will guide you through Europe.
  • Knowledge Café - an informal setting in which you can discuss key topics with experts of the European Parliament.
  • “One Sky Flags” - from 16.00 onwards flags representing the different colours of the sky in Member states will be raised (this artistic project symbolises a diverse and united Europe).


  • Quiz - test your knowledge on European history and politics.
  • Virtual reality - an immersive experience in which you can learn what the European Parliament does for you.
  • Children’s voting booth - a sneak peek on democracy for our future voters.

Festive atmosphere

  • Flash mob - learn how to dance with “Hop’Eur’Hop” or just simply admire a dance performed in the European colours. Choreography by Karine Saporta and music by Béatrice Thiriet. The Lorraine Regional will lead a second flash mob.
  • Dance and music performances- treat your eyes and ears to something special on the Agora and next to the flower carpet.
  • Permanent exhibitions - explore what the countries taking over the next presidency of the Council of the European Union, Romania and Finland, have in store.
  • Interactive elections - get answers to your questions on the European elections on 26 May 2019.


  • Political groups of the European Parliament - get to know the people who work on behalf of European citizens everyday.
  • Civil society - meet associations who are committed to a citizens’ Europe.
  • Stay in touch - go behind the scenes and meet the social media team of the European Parliament and keep up to date with upcoming events.
  • Around Europe - discover the work of the Liaisons Offices of the European Parliament and find out how to contact them.

Visit the information point in the Liaisons Office in Strasbourg to get a plan of the visitor route, as well as all practical and specific information on the Open Day, or download it here:


Why celebrate Europe Day?

On 9 May 1950, Robert Schuman proposed France and Germany share their natural resources. His proposal to share their coal and steel would make conflict between those countries “not merely unthinkable, but materially impossible”. Other countries soon joined the endeavour, marking the beginning of a European cooperation.



Entrance Louise Weiss No 2
1, Allée du Printemps
F-67070 Strasbourg cedex



Please consult the SNCF (French railways) website.



Bus lines 6, 30 and 72: ‘Droits de l’Homme’ stop (a 10-minute walk from the Parliament)


Tram line E: ‘Parlement Européen’ stop

Public transport in Strasbourg

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