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Open Day, 4 May – Council and European Council

Our doors are open on 4 May 2019. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the house of the member states, where European leaders take decisions.

Sit in your minister's seat in a real meeting room and get close up to the lantern of the Europa building. As part of the annual celebrations for Europe day, this event allows you to:

follow the path of EU leaders in the Europa building, in one of our guided tours

join in the fun activities for everyone available in the Justus Lipsius building

test your knowledge of our two institutions, and even win a small prize

learn more about our member states and how they work together

meet some of our partners


Our doors will open at 10.00

The last entry into the building will be at 17:30

The cafeteria will be open from 10.00 - 17.00

Entrance: Justus Lipsius building, rue de la Loi 175, 1048 Brussels

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

For easy access, we recommend using public transport.

How to get to the Council

Programme and activities

Guided tours

Come and explore the Europa building. Our guided tours last around 45 minutes. The last guided tour will be at 17.00.

tours start from the Justus Lipsius building (Rue de la Loi 175) between 10:00 and 17:00

tours end in the Europa building


Please take into consideration that 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.

Please avoid bringing any unnecessary bags to the event, or any prohibited or dangerous objects.

Meet our member states

Meet our member states and learn more about 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:

11:00 - Lithuanian folk dances (Lietuvonis)

12:00 - Irish dancing group (the newe academy of Irish dance, Brussels)

13:00 - Traditional Greek dancing (lyceum club des femmes HellAnes de Bruxelles)

15:00 - Traditional Greek dancing (Cretan association in Brussels)

16:00 - Slovak folk group in Brussels (Ako Doma)

17:00 - Traditional Irish music (the Rowland family)

@EUcouncil online

Engage in our interactive games, while learning about the Council and Europe. Share your experience and photos at the Council on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #EUopenday.

Social media: connect with the Council

Creative services

Come and explore a brand new edition of our popular publication EU - Facts and Figures. This vibrant booklet will let you discover the EU in a fun way - it has plenty of interesting facts about the EU and its member states as well as untranslatable words in each language. Test your knowledge of the EU in our fun facts and figures game and win a prize.

Discover our whole range of multilingual publications online


Meet our trainees, who are happy to share their experiences with you. Perhaps you will soon become one of our new trainees?


Visits to the Council

This is not the only date the Council is open to the public for visits.

Learn more about visiting the Council

Translation services

How many languages do you speak? What is it like to work as a translator at the General Secretariat of the Council? Learn all this and more with our translators.

Films: #EUropeans

Watch our video portraits of European citizens in the press room of the Justus Lipsius building.

Environmental management at the Council of the EU

Using less energy and natural resources, and reducing waste, are some of the objectives of environmental management in our buildings. Discover why and how at our green office stand.

Information services, production services, treaties and agreements

Meet our helpful library staff and learn more about access to our reading room.Come and take a look at European history by discovering some of the beautiful original treaties and agreements that are on display.

Learn more about our wide range of information resources

Virtual tour

In case you cannot come this time, take a sneak preview of our virtual tour.

Virtual tour: explore the Council

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 and win attractive prizes.

Meet some of our partners:


Operation ATALANTA deters, prevents and represses piracy and armed robbery at sea, monitors fishing activities off the coast of Somalia. They also support other EU missions and international organisations working to strengthen maritime security and capacity in the region. Discover more about their missions.

European Asylum Support Office (EASO)

The agency acts as a centre of expertise on asylum and facilitates, coordinates and strengthens practical cooperation among member states on the many aspects of asylum. Learn more about their work.

European Central Bank

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

European Investment Bank

The EIB is the European Union's bank, and for instance the world's biggest provider of finance for climate action. Discover its role within the EU and around the world.


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


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.

Source: European Council of the European Union