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Visit the EU as it opens its doors to the public – 17 May 2014 - 16/05/2014

The EU flag flies in front of the EU countries' national flags

To celebrate Europe Day, the EU institutions will be opening their doors to the public in May. Join the celebrations with guided tours, debates and concerts, or take part online.

To mark Europe Day, held on 9 May, and in the run-up to the European elections , EU institutions in Brussels will be welcoming visitors this month.

On 17 May, get behind the scenes in Brussels at institutions including

  • the European Commission, which sets the EU’s objectives and priorities and proposes legislation
  • the European Parliament, one of the world's largest democratic assemblies
  • the European Council, where the heads of state and government of the 28 EU countries take their decisions.

Visitors can learn more about the EU and what its institutions do - ranging from humanitarian aid to action on global warming - and enjoy exhibitions, plays, workshops and a host of activities for adults and children.

A free shuttle service will be available to ferry visitors between venues. You can also take a 3-hour guided walk around Brussels to discover the city, or join the celebrations online using the hashtag #EUopendoors.

Celebrating Europe

EU Open Day is part of the annual Europe Day festivities - a celebration of peace and freedom in Europe which highlights the union of 28 countries with over 500m citizens.

In May, celebrations are held across Europe to mark the anniversary of the speech given on 9 May 1950 by Robert Schuman, France’s then foreign minister. Schuman set out his idea of a new form of political cooperationthat would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.

His speech laid the foundations for the European Union by calling on France, Germany and other countries to pool their production of coal and steel.

The forthcoming EU elections take place on 22-25 May.

EU Open Doors Day 2014 pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]

EU Open Doors on Facebook

European elections 2014

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