"European Parliament" European Union Parliament Tip by SMGsBoyToy

European Union Parliament, Brussels: 25 reviews and 48 photos

  EU Parliament
by SMGsBoyToy

Since 1958, when the city was chosen as the provisional seat of the European Commission and Council of Ministers, Brussels has been the de facto 'capital of Europe'. Today, the European Union (EU) is headquartered east of the city center, where some 18,000 Eurocrats process red tape and try to keep the planet's second-largest economy on track.

The EU area is bordered by the Petit Ring to the west and Parc du Cinquantenaire to the east. It's not a district for idle wandering. Totally abandoned on weekends, it comes to life only on weekdays, particularly at mealtimes. Despite this, the area does offer some interesting sights, including art nouveau houses, museums and views of the new European Parliament building.

The best place to get an overall perspective of the EU area is from the northern end of rue Froissart. Looking west from here, you can see the now defunct Berlaymont, which up until 1991 was the European Commission's bustling headquarters

Address: Rue Wiertz - Wierzstraat, Brussels, Belgium
Directions: Espace Léopold
Phone: +32 (0)2 284 3457
Website: http://www.europarl.eu.int/

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  • Written Sep 28, 2004
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