The Council of the European Union and the European Council invite you to the Open Day
When: Saturday 17 May 2014, from 10:00 to 17:00
Where: Justus Lipsius building, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 175, Brussels
Guided tours for everyone will provide an insight into the facilities of the Council. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to see the rooms where the Heads of State and the Ministers of the 28 Member States meet for summits and Council meetings. All guests will follow the same itinerary as the Presidents and Prime Ministers at European summits, starting from the VIP entrance to the meeting rooms.
Film and debate about the role of the Council of the EU
Guests can complement their visit with a short information film about the EU Council of Ministers and their role in political decision making, presented in the Salle Bleue.
Afterwards a debate will take place, where visitors can ask questions and address comments to representatives from the Secretary General of the Council.
The film will be presented in four languages at the following times:
- 12.00 pm German version
- 1.00 pm Dutch version
- 2.00 pm French version
- 3.00 pm English version
Stands, information points and conferences
At a specific Council stand, Council officials will invite visitors to learn more and discuss about the role of the Council of the EU, its policies, and how decisions are taken at the EU level.
Publications and information brochures will be available for everyone interested.
Several EU agencies contributing to the safety of European citizens as well as the European Central Bank will present their activities.
The diplomatic arm of the EU, the European External Action Service (EEAS) will participate with more than 15 stands from missions throughout the world.
Staff from the EU’s military and civilian missions will be joined by colleagues from the thematic and geographic divisions to present the work the EEAS does worldwide.
The exhibitors at the stands will be happy to answer any question and engage in lively debates.
A visual attraction will be provided by Galileo, the European global satellite-based navigation system. Next to its publications and information stand, Galileo will present a unique satellite model. Additionally, two 15 minutes conferences on Galileo will be offered in English in Salle Bleue at 11.00 am and at 4.00 pm.
An expert from the German Research Centre located in Oberpfaffenhofen will present and explain concrete examples of Galileo space applications.
Activities for young and older
The highlight for our youngest visitors will take place at the EEAS stand in the middle of the Atrium of the Justus Lipsius building. Children are invited to draw their own portraits and country flags for their «Little Diplomat’s passports».
But we also offer interactive activities for our older guests. Visitors can test their knowledge about the EU in quizzes that will be on offer at special stands; of course with various interesting prizes to be won.
Additionally, there will be a multimedia stand offering interactive games for all visitors, notably to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the enlargement from 15 to 25 Member States.