Representation in Belgium

Open Doors Day of the European Commission 2019

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Celebrate Europe Day at the European institutions in Brussels with the annual Open Day on 4 May 2019 from 10.00 to 18.00. The Open Day of the European Institutions is the ultimate opportunity to explore the symbolic buildings of the European Capital.

Special activities inside (and outside) the institutions’ buildings like public debates, guided tours and games will show you what the European Union does for you and how you can influence it. No matter how old, you will find something for you at the six institutions that are opening their doors.

Date: 
04/05/2019 - 10:00

European Commission - FOCUS -

Step inside the nerve centre of the European institutions, where European Union policies and programmes begin and are implemented. Share your questions and ideas with over 150 specialist officials and take part in the dozen interactive activities and games to learn more about how Europe affects your daily life.

Description of the stands:

1. rescEU – Together we protect!

2. Discover what EU does in the regions!

3. 40 years of European elections, archives at your service

4. Press room of the European Comission

5. EU at work

6. EU action for our planet

7. Create your future with .eu

8. Free and easy access to European Statistics

9. The Commission Enforcer for Competition

10. EU Careers

11. We take care of our staff!

12. Publications Office of the European Union

13. Languages matter!

14. Take part in debates about Europe in the Schuman Room – free entrance

15. "Faces 2 Hearts": discover EU development work around the world through the eyes of young people

16. Enjoy a unique visit to the Commission’s audiovisual studios!

17. Data protection in action

18. EU Education, Youth, Sport and Culture in action

19. From farm to fork, sustainable food for a healthy lifestyle

20. New urban mobility

20. EU Research and Innovation is all around us!

21. All U Need is EU SPACE

22. Detect, investigate, protect!

23. #EUandME at the movies

24. EU Customs Union Protects you

25. Thistimeimvoting.eu

26. European Citizens’ Initiative - Your tool to shape European policy

27. European Court of Auditors: Guardians of the EU finances

28. EUROat20. An extraordinary journey

29. EU Protects online and in real life

30. Let’s be curious about #EUProtects and #InvestEU! Come to the learning corner to play, teach & discover the EU!

External Activities

During the European Commission’s Open Day, there are some outdoor activities for young and old. These activities take place on the Esplanade of the Berlaymont building.

  • Throughout the day, there will be nine music & dance groups performing on stage! Here is the programme.
  • There are several circus artists present to entertain the youngest of us.
  • Free water available at the Source of Europe”!
  • Would you like to express your thoughts about the future of Europe? You can do so on the Expression wall!
  • Do you want to find out more about “electric cars? Then this is the moment!
  • You can play the “EU goose board game” and win fun gadgets at the same time!
  • Did you always want to try “new urban mobility tools”? You can try it out between the Berlaymont building and the European Council! The visitors will get to try on segways, monowheels, electric scooters, etc. These new ways of getting about are becoming a common sight in many cities and have therefore an important role to play in the intermodality of our daily commute. The New Urban Mobility animation offers the visitors the opportunity to put these new vehicles to the test, while getting useful tips and tricks on how to be safe when using them in the traffic.

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Other activities:

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The ‘Fête des Pains’ on the Rond-Point Schuman Podium – on stage