Brussels European Quarter — The “European quarter” around the Schumann metro station is also worth strolling through. It is possible to visit some of the buildings in this area, which house the European Parliament, Council of Ministers, European Commission (the “government” of the European Union) and its administration. Perhaps most impressive is the recently erected European Parliament building, towering over the pretty parc that also houses the Natural History museum.
The European institutions have changed the face of Brussels over the past fifty years, particularly in the 19th century Leopold Quarter where Wiertz lived. Originally conceived as an exclusive residential district located just outside the city walls, this neighbourhood has come to be dominated by modern glass-and-steel office buildings occupied by the European institutions.
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the administrative centre of the European Union. The city accommodates most of the institutions of the European Union (i.e. the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and one of the two chambers of the European Parliament). The headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) also contribute to the city’s political significance.
The European Commission is one of the main institutions of the European Union. It represents and upholds the interests of the EU as a whole. It drafts proposals for new European laws. It manages the day-to-day business of implementing EU policies and spending EU funds.
Council of the European Union is also known as the EU Council, this is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies.
European Council is an EU institution where meetings are held by EU leaders. Typically, there are around 4 meetings a year, chaired by a permanent president.
Where is European Commission in Brussels ?
The European Commission has its headquarters in the Berlaymont building. This office building is located at Schuman roundabout at 200 Rue de la Loi in the European district of Brussels in Belgium.
The following Directorates-General departments are also based in the Berlaymont Building : Personnel and Administration (ADMIN), Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), Communication (COMM), Brussels Office of Infrastructure and Logistics (OIB), Secretariat-General (SG) and the Legal Service (SJ).
Where is Council of the European Union in Brussels ?
The headquarters of the Council of the European Union can be found at the Justus Lipsius building opposite the European Commission building. The European Council is also located in this building.
The building is located in Brussels EU Quarter at Rue de la Loi – Wetstraat 175 next to the Schuman roundabout.
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European Commission Address : Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200, BE-1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, Belgique/België
Council of the European Union Address : Justus Lipsius building, Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat, 175 BE-1048 Bruxelles/Brussel, Belgique/België