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General Secretariat

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:

  • adults
  • school groups over the age of 15

What does the visit consist of?

Information sessions can be organised on most working days, between 9 and 11 am or between 1.30 and 4 pm. 

 We only offer one type of visit - information sessions. They usually last between 1 and 2 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.

For security reasons, guided tours of the building are not possible.

How to book a visit

Information sessions should be reserved at least 3 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.

Additional information

Tel: +32 22812140

Send an email

Where do the visits take place?

Justus Lipsius building 

Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 175

B-1048 Bruxelles/Brussel

Belgique/België

Lex building

Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 145

B-1048 Bruxelles/Brussel

Belgique/België

Info Point Europa 

Rue Archimède/Archimedesstraat 1

B-1048 Bruxelles/Brussel 

Belgique/België

 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.