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.
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.
You are a public events organiser?
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.
Place du Luxembourg / Luxemburgplein 100
Brussels-Luxembourg serves the European Parliament
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 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.
The nearest stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trone on lines 2 and 6.
Visitors to the European Parliament in Brussels can now leave their car in the car park, by sending the booking request at least one working day in advance of a visit.