Justus Lipsius building

General Secretariat


Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 175
B-1048 Bruxelles/Brussel

Since 1995, the Justus Lipsius building has been the main seat of the Council of the EU and of the General Secretariat of the Council. As of 2002, the building also started hosting European Council meetings.

Between 2001 and 2006 the Justus Lipsius underwent alterations, to allow for the temporary hosting of these European Council meetings, the delegations from new member states and press representatives attending the meetings.

The European Council and Council meetings take place now in the better-suited Europa building, which became operational in January 2017. Most General Secretariat departments and lower level meetings are still hosted in the Justus Lipsius. The existing press centre also remains in the Justus Lipsius building.


The Justus Lipsius was built over a road of the same name. The building is divided into two distinct parts:

  • conference section: composed of the meeting rooms for the Council and its preparatory bodies, the press rooms, the restaurants and the offices of member states' delegations
  • secretariat section: houses the offices of the departments of the General Secretariat of the Council

In figures

Gross surface area: 227 278 m2 

  • 17 conference rooms with at least 10 interpretation booths each
  • 5 other meeting rooms
  • 2 rooms for official meals
  • press centre, extended during summits with up to 600 seats in the atrium
  • 40 048 m2 of offices for the departments of the General Secretariat

In 2014, the General Secretariat of the Council organised 4241 meetings for the Council, the European Council and lower level bodies. It also organised another 2189 internal meetings, seminars or meetings with third countries.

Sustainable development and environmental management

The Justus Lipsius building is constantly being adapted to increase energy efficiency and protection of the environment:

  • in 2006, the first solar panels were installed on the roof of the building and they now cover a surface area of 822 m2, producing around 95 000 kWh per year
  • since 2011, cogeneration has been used to improve energy performance, saving around 20% of the primary energy needed to generate heat and power
  • organic kitchen waste is sent to specialised processing centres to produce biogas or to be used for animal feed or compost