On Saturday 28th May 2016, the European institutions will open their doors to the public; a unique opportunity to discover the diversity of Europe in a fun and family-friendly atmosphere.
The theme for the 2016 edition of this event will be the European Union motto 'United in diversity'. Europe is a multi-faceted melting-pot of languages, cultures, religions and political opinions, and this diverse identity is reflected in its fundamental values and governing institutions.
The European Parliament, European Council, Council of the European Union, European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee, European Committee of the Regions and European External Action Service will join forces to welcome over 30,000 visitors, all eager to learn more about how the institutions work and the issues that they deal with on behalf of Europe's citizens.
The buildings of the European Quarter, from the Schuman Roundabout down Rue Belliard to the Place du Luxembourg, will be open to the public from 10am to 6pm.
Site visits, information stands, interactive activities, debates, concerts and exhibitions are all on the menu, making for a fun day of learning with family or friends.
In preparing your visit to the Open Day event in Brussels, please take into consideration that additional security measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of visitors.
Security checks will occur upon entering a perimeter established around the buildings and again upon entering each institution.
To facilitate security checks, we recommend you avoid bringing any unnecessary bags to the event, or any prohibited or dangerous objects.
For easy access, we recommend using public transport or Villo.
Quietest times to visit are usually between 12 and 3 p.m.
Use the STIB-MIVB Trip planner to plan your journey: here
A small train will circulate between the institutions in the European quarter.vIt will run all day, operating a one way circuit, with stops at: