Information Visits to the Council
Information visits to the Council are available to any organised group of 15 or more over the age of 15. The visits usually last between one and two hours and consist of a talk given by a Council official followed by a question and answer session. Depending on the group, the talk may be either a general introduction to the European Council and the Council or a presentation on a more specific topic. We also organise seminars on request. Visits can be organised in all official languages of the European Union. Tours of the building cannot be organised on security grounds. Due to the large number of requests, visits should be reserved at least two months in advance.
Hours: Visits can be organised on most working days and are normally scheduled to start between 9 and 11 am or between 1.30 and 4 pm.
Group size: At least 15 participants.
Student groups: Reservations for student groups must be made in the name of a representative of the education/training establishment or of the student body. The representative must also accompany the group during the visit.
School groups: Although the information visits are best suited for adults, we accept school groups from 15 years onwards. Reservations must be made in the name of the school, and the group must be accompanied by at least one adult for every ten pupils.
Accessibility: The Council building is accessible to wheelchair users.
How to find us: The General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 175, B-1048 Brussels. Click here to see a map.
Transport: Coaches carrying visitors can park in front of the main entrance to drop them off and pick them up. The Schuman train and metro stations and a bus stop are in the immediate vicinity.
■ By fax to the Visits Service on +32 (0)2 281 6609. The following information must be provided:
- Information about your organisation (name, address, contact person, telephone number, e‑mail, etc.)
- Two possible dates for your visit
- Number and age of participants (minimum age 15)
- Any special requests concerning the talk, depending on your group's interests and their knowledge of the European Union.
■ Or by completing our electronic visit request form.
The request should be made by the group leader. Visits should usually be scheduled at least two months in advance. Once we receive your request, we will contact you to confirm your visit and, if necessary, ask you for further details. We cannot take bookings over the telephone but we are available on +32 (0)2 281 2140 to answer your enquiries and assist you with planning your visit.
Please note that the Council and the European Commission have a joint information and documentation centre called InfEuropa Schuman 14 at 1 Rue Archimède / Archimedesstraat, 1000 Brussels, near the Council's headquarters. The centre, which is open on weekdays (Monday to Thursday 9 am - 5 pm, Friday 9 am - 4 pm), has an information desk and offers free publications.
Your request will be treated by DGF, Communication - Visits Service in accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 45/2001
on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (Official Journal L 8, 12.1.2001, p. 1). Personal data in your e-mail will be used by the Visits Service solely for the purpose of handling your request. For statistical purposes, your e-mail will remain in the service's archives for a maximum duration of five years, after which it will be destroyed. You have the right to access and rectify the data concerning you by contacting the Visits Service (Head of Service: Mr Gérard Déjoué, tel:+32 2 281 4810) and the right to have recourse to the European Data Protection Supervisor.