Who better to explain what the European Union is and how it functions than the people who work there?
Various European institutions organise free basic or more in-depth information sessions given by EU officials. The sessions are ideal for schools, associations and all kinds of business groups but please do book in advance!
Here’s an overview of what’s on offer :
The European Commission Visitors’ Centre
The large European Commission Visitors’ Centre with interactive swipe screens and colourful reception space complete with a selfie wall, offers free general, themed or even tailor-made information sessions for groups of 15 to 150 people aged at least 14 years old. The visits must be booked at least 10 weeks in advance and are, in principle, available in all 24 of the EU’s official languages. For more info:
The European Council & Council of the European Union visits service
At the European Council & Council of the European Union visits service, groups of minimum 20 people aged at least 15 years old can come for information sessions that last from 1 to 2 hours. The sessions consist of an introductory presentation of the institutions, but can also be about a specific subject, on request. It’s also possible to visit real seminars. Please book your visit at least 3 months in advance.
Visiting the European Economic and Social Committee
Groups are personally welcomed and given more information about the how and the why of the EESC or a specific subject that they have requested beforehand. A visit takes 1 to 2 hours and is interactive, with a discussion at the end. Please book your visit at least 3 weeks in advance.
The European Committee of the Regions’ Visitors’ Service
Groups of minimum 15 participants aged at least 14 years old are also welcomed personally here and receive more information about the role of the European Committee of the Regions and particularly the establishing of European legislation. A visit lasts around 1 hour.