6 May Open Day - Council and European Council

General Secretariat

On 6 May 2017, the Council of the EU and the European Council will open their doors to the public. This event is part of the annual celebrations for Europe day.

Visitors can go for a guided tour to the new Europa building, the new seat of the European Council. Tours will start from the Justus Lipsius building (Rue de la Loi 175), following the path of the leaders, and ending in the Europa building. Guided tours start between 10h00 and 17h00.

In the Atrium of the Justus Lipsius building, several information stands will give visitors the possibility to find out more about the two institutions and the EU member states in an informative and entertaining way.


Please take into consideration that additional security measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of visitors. Security checks will be carried out upon entering a perimeter established around the buildings and again upon entering each institution.

To facilitate security checks, you should avoid bringing any unnecessary bags to the event, or any prohibited or dangerous objects.

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Programme and activities

Guided tours

Come and explore the new Europa building! Tours will go from the Justus Lipsius building to the new Europa building, where European leaders come together to take decisions. Tours start between 10h00 and 17h00 and take approximately 45 minutes.

Important: Guided tours follow a one-way system. They start in the Justus Lipsius building (Rue da Loi 175) and end in the Europa building. It will not be possible to return to the Justus Lipsius building at the end of the guided tour.

Meet the member states

Meet the EU Member States and find out their role in the Council of the EU and the European Council. Dive into the culture and beauty of each and every country and make sure not to miss their performances.

Council online

Engage in an interactive game, discover interesting facts about Europe and the EU. Share your experience at the Council on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Archives and exhibition of the Rome Treaty

Allow the archivists to take you on a trip through time and space, back to the signature of the Treaty of Rome, whose 60th birthday the EU celebrates this year.

Kids' corner

From the very small to teenagers: everyone is welcome at the Kids' Corner to discover the EU through creative, fun and educative activities.


Test your knowledge on the EU with this quiz and win attractive prizes!

Documentation and publications

Discover publications by the Council on European issues.


Entrance to the Open Day - Rue de la Loi 175, 1048 Brussels (the Justus Lipsius building)

small train will circulate all day between the institutions in the European quarter.

For your convenience, we recommend you avoid peak hours, between 14:00 and 16:00. Last entry to the building is at 17:30.

For easy access, we recommend using public transport.

  • Buses 21, 27, 36, 60, 64 and 79 stop in the Schuman area
  • Metro lines 1 and 5: Schuman station
  • Brussels Midi, Brussels Central and Brussels Nord railway stations are connected to Brussels Schuman train station in the immediate vicinity of the Council's headquarters


Find out more about traineeships in the EU institutions at our traineeship stand and meet our trainees, who are happy to share their experiences with you.

Translation services

In the Translation stand you will have to opportunity to learn more on multilingualism and how the translators of the General Secretariat of the Council work. If you want to test your knowledge on EU languages, come and do our quiz.

Documentary: The History of the European Council

A short documentary 'The European Council: From fireside chats to key decision maker' will take visitors through the history of the European Council.

EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia

Operation Sophia aims to disrupt refugee trafficking networks in the Southern Central Mediterranean. Come and learn about its work at first hand.

European Investment Bank

 The EIB is the European Union's bank, the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the member states. Discover its role within the EU and around the world.

European Central Bank

Discover the mission and activities of the ECB - the central bank of the 19 EU countries which have adopted the euro.


Discover the activities of Europol - the EU agency that assists member states in their fight against serious international crime and terrorism.


Learn more about the activities of FRONTEX, the European Agency that promotes, coordinates and develops European border management.

Environmental management at the Council of the EU

The Council is a green environment. Discover why and how at our Green office stand.


Find out how the EU's Judicial Cooperation Unit supports national authorities in combating serious organised crime involving more than one EU country.