Who can visit?
For groups of at least 20 people, our Visits Service organises visits in any of the 24 official languages of the EU. The visits are suitable for:
- school groups over the age of 15
What does the visit consist of?
We only offer one type of visit - information sessions. They usually last between one and two hours and consist of:
- a talk given by an official from the General Secretariat of the Council or the European External Action Service
- a question and answer session
The talk may be either a general introduction to the European Council and the Council or a presentation on a more specific topic. Seminars can also be held on request.
Information sessions can be organised on most working days, between 9 and 11 am or between 1.30 and 4 pm.
For security reasons, guided tours of the building are not possible.
How to book a visit
Information sessions should be reserved at least three months in advance. Once we receive your request, we will contact you to confirm your visit.
The request should be made by:
- the group leader
- a representative of the education establishment or student body who must also accompany the group during the visit
School groups must be accompanied by at least one adult for every 10 pupils.
Please note that the Visits Service reserves the right to put two compatible groups together for organisational purposes or to cancel a scheduled visit that does not meet the procedural requirements.
In exceptional circumstances, resulting from political developments or last-minute Council meetings, the Visits Service may cancel visits that have already been arranged, even at short notice.
The Council buildings are accessible to people with reduced mobility.
Where do the visits take place?
Information sessions take place in one of the Council buildings in Brussels:
- the Justus Lipsius building
- the Lex building
- Info Point Europa
Coaches carrying visitors can stop in front of the main entrance of the Justus Lipsius building to drop them off and pick them up. There are train and metro stations and a bus stop in the immediate vicinity.
Info Point Europa
The Council and the European Commission have a joint information and documentation centre which has an information desk and offers free publications. The centre Info Point Europa is near the Council's headquarters and is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.