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Attend session of the European Parliamentin Brussels, Belgium

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See live the procedure of adopting laws for citizens of the European Union.
How to attend session of the European Parliament in Brussels
According to the principles of the European Parliament work - clarity and outspokenness - everyone can visit the Parliament building in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg absolutely free.

Here they tell you how the Parliament works and what is its influence on life of European Union citizens.

How to do?

1. The European Parliament building is located on Luxembourg square. You can get here by bus №№ 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95, by metro (Maelbeek station or Schuman station); to get here from the Brussels airport take bus №№ 12, 21.

Luxembourg Square entrance, Brussels
Photo: Luxembourg Square entrance, © Gaston Batistini

2. Entrance to Hemicycle session hall is in the left wing of Paul Henri Spaak building - come 15 minutes before the beginning of plenary session. At the entrance you'll be asked to show your passport and metal detector checked. Don't take it personal - just safety measures in the main building of the European Union.

The European Parliament hemicycle, Brussels
Photo: The European Parliament hemicycle

3. Only few people can watch live European parliament session - through glass in special room. Number of free seats is announced 15-20 minutes before the session. Parliamentarians votes for another proposed law for European Union for 1-1,5 hour; if you don't want to spend so much time watching officials vote you can join the group excursion around the Parliament building or listen to interactive guide (15-minute information in 25 languages of European Union countries), or if you're off seat you can do the same.

4. Inside the European parliament building you can take pictures and put questions to your guide. The main thing is to keep order.

Take a selfie, Brussels

Where to do?

#2The European Parliament buildingThe European Parliament building

European Parliament holds sessions here: 20 committees that totals 751 members.

Location: Rue Wiertz 60
Open hours: Monday-Friday from 9.00 till 18.00; Saturday, Sunday from 10:00 till 18:00
Phone: +32 0 2 28 42111
Official website: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/portal/en

When to do?

You can attend the session on Wednesday from 15.00 till 17.30, Thursday from 9.00 till 12.00. Look up the European Parliament timetable.

Excursions with an interactive guide are available from July till August - Monday-Thursday from 9.00 till 12.00, from 14.00 till 16.00; on Friday from 9.00 till 12.00.

From September till June - Monday-Thursday at 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00; on Friday at 9.00, 10.00, 11.00.

You can listen to the planary session live.

Tips and hints

Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
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