recipes & lifehacks
Here they tell you how the Parliament works and what is its influence on life of European Union citizens.
How to do?
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.
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.
Where to do?
European Parliament holds sessions here: 20 committees that totals 751 members.10
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?
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.