Gala opening for fourth European school in Brussels
The fourth European school in Brussels was officially opened on Wednesday by His Majesty King Albert II, Queen Paola and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, whose portfolio includes responsibility for all European schools, also took part in the inauguration.
The school, which is close to the Royal Palace in Laeken, in the north of the capital, is based around a former school for army cadets. President Barroso thanked the Belgian authorities for the provision of this site, which complements existing schools in Ixelles, Uccle and Woluwe, mainly in the south and east of Brussels.
The first classes began in September 2012, and the pupils of the new school were out in force for the official inauguration. V-P Šefčovič, who accompanied the King on his tour of the school facilities, was impressed by the visit.
"Visiting classrooms with pupils coming from different EU countries and learning together, I was deeply convinced that EU schools are one of the best places to build an EU spirit for the future," he said.