Who can visit?
Groups – of 15 or more people aged 15 and over (e.g. schoolchildren, students, professional groups and social partners or any other interest group).
The Commission office in Luxembourg also organises information visits .
What types of visit are available?
There are 3 basic types of visit:
General Information Visits
- Aimed at people with little or no previous knowledge of the EU including high school groups.
- Comprises of a general talk on the role of the European Commission within the EU (in the language of the group where possible) followed by a question and answer session.
- Lasts 90 minutes.
Specific Information Visits
- Aimed at undergraduate students and specific interest groups.
- Comprises of an introduction on the role of the European Commission within the EU followed by a presentation on a specific EU policy of direct interest to the group.
- Lasts three hours.
Tailored Information Visits
- Aimed at journalists, national and local government representatives, business associations, professional groups from the public and private sector, trade unions, academics including post graduate and research students.
- Comprises of a programme which is specially tailored to the interests of the group and can consist of an introduction on the role of the European Commission within the EU followed by up to 4 presentations on specific EU policies given by Commission officials dealing with the issues involved.
- Lasts either half a day or one full day.
How to apply?
Given the large number of applications received, we usually need at least 10 weeks' notice to arrange for a visit. In order to fill in the online application form, you must first create an ECAS account [120 KB] .
- The Visitors' Centre organises visits for individual visitors every Thursday at 12.30pm.
- Aimed at people with little or no previous knowledge of the EU. General talk on the role of the European Commission within the EU, followed by a question and answer session. Lasts 90 minutes on average.
- To attend, simply go to the lobby of the Charlemagne building at Rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Brussels and show your identity card or passport. Where possible, individual visits are conducted in the language or languages of the visitors present (depending on the speaker, visits may be conducted in part in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish).
Where will the visit take place?
In the European Commission Visitors' Centre in Brussels – rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels (entrance to the Visitors' Centre at Rue du Taciturne).
For security reasons we don't organise guided tours of Commission buildings.