Brussels Sights

European Union project

  • Government Building

Published 09/09/2015

Fodor's Review

The European Union project brought jobs and investments to the city, but in the process entire neighborhoods were razed to make room for unbendingly modern, steel-and-glass buildings, and as more countries join the EU, more massive complexes are being built. What remains of the old blocks has seen an influx of ethnic restaurants catering to the tastes of lower-level Eurocrats; VIPs eat in their own dining rooms. Note: free individual tours of the European Parliament debating chambers can be arranged via the parliament website.

Berlaymont. The landmark, star-shape Berlaymont is the home of the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU. Rue de la Loi 200, B1040.

The European Council of Ministers groups representatives of the EU national governments and occupies the pink-marble Justus Lipsius building. Rue de la Loi 175.

The European Parliament meets in the Paul-Henri Spaak building, known for its rounded glass summit, which looms behind the Gare du Quartier Leopold. Rue Wiertz 43.

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Pl. Schuman and pl. du Luxembourg, Brussels, Belgium

Published 09/09/2015

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