Visit a European Union institution

Welcome to the eu institutions.

The European Union institutions are open to visitors from around the world to learn more about the EU and get an understanding of their work. 

With sites in several major European cities, the institutions offer a variety of options to visitors. Some institutions provide interactive on-site visitor centres, some allow physical access to their buildings, and some organise tailor-made presentations and discussions involving their staff.

Whatever form a visit to an EU institution takes, visitors are guaranteed an interactive and educational experience. Students and tourists alike will see and learn first-hand how the EU works. And have fun, too.

Open Day and virtual tours

Each year, to celebrate Europe Day , the EU institutions open their doors to the public in early May in Brussels and Strasbourg. Local EU offices in Europe and across the world organise a variety of activities and events for all ages. 

The EU’s Open Day offers a unique opportunity for you to discover how the European institutions affect your life. You can step inside the buildings and take part in special activities, such as public debates and guided tours. 

And if you can’t visit in person, you could always take a ‘virtual tour’. Several institutions offer virtual access to their buildings, so you can discover how the EU works from the comfort of your own home.

Click on each city section to open a full list of the possible venues, along with a link for more detailed information.

Brussels (Belgium)

European Parliament

European Parliament welcome point for visitors in Brussels.

The European Parliament has a number of venues in Brussels, for individual or group visits. This includes the ‘hemicycles’ where EU laws are debated and voted on, the EU’s interactive visitor centre - the Parlamentarium - the House of European history and Station Europe.

Plan your European Parliament visit (Brussels)

European Council / Council of the EU

Visitors walking around the lantern-shaped metal structure in the Europa building.

Step inside the Council, discover the buildings where EU leaders meet and learn how the Council shapes Europe's future. To visit the Council, you can either explore our visitor centre and the public areas on your own or take part in our weekly guided tours.

Plan your Council visit

European Commission

Person taking picture of group of people in front of European Commission

The European Commission has different visit venues in Brussels. This includes the Commission’s Visitors’ Centre where groups wishing to discover the Commission and its policies can hear directly from Commission officials. Visits should be booked at least 10 weeks in advance, and can be tailored to groups’ needs. Experience Europe is the interactive exhibition centre of the Commission at the Schuman roundabout (300m from the Visitors’ Centre).  No prior registration required for individual visitors or groups of less than 10 persons. Open 7 days a week.

European External Action Service

The headquarters of the European External Action Service (EEAS)

The European External Action Service welcomes group visits to its headquarters in Brussels. Find out how the External Action Service manages EU diplomatic relations with countries outside the European Union, carrying out the EU’s common foreign and security policy. All visits are tailor-made.

Plan your visit to the European External Action Service

European Economic and Social Committee

European Economic and Social Committee, House of European Civil Society

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes visitors to its headquarters in Brussels for an interactive presentation on its activities and its role in the decision-making process. Virtual group visits can also be arranged. 

Plan your visit to the European Economic and Social Committee

European Committee of the Regions

Jacques Delors building, rue Belliard, Brussels - Committee of the Regions’ main building with the visitors' entrance

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) organises information visits at its premises in Brussels. Find out how the CoR works and the role of the regions in shaping the content of EU legislation. Virtual visits are also possible.

Plan your visit to the Committee of the Regions

European Data Protection Supervisor

The European Data Protection Supervisor offices

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) welcomes specialist groups - such as students at post-graduate level - to its premises in Brussels to learn about what it does and how it works. Only official requests (e.g. from an official organisation email address) are considered.

  Request a visit to the European Data Protection Supervisor

Strasbourg (France)

Visitors in front of the building of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The European Parliament welcomes individual or group visits to its ‘hemicycle’ building in Strasbourg. See where the Parliament’s most important debates and votes are held before visiting the Simone Veil Parlamentarium, an interactive exhibition offering insight into the Parliament’s role and work.

Plan your European Parliament visit (Strasbourg)

EU flags in front of the new Adenauder building in Luxembourg.

The European Parliament offers guided tours of its Robert Schuman building in Luxembourg. Visit the site of the first administrative seat of the European Parliament and see its ‘hemicycle’ building during your group tour.

Plan your European Parliament visit (Luxembourg)

Court of Justice of the European Union

EU Court of Justice – main entrance for visitors

The Court welcomes individual or group visits to its site in Luxembourg. Attend a public hearing at the Court of Justice or the General Court, or take a guided tour of the buildings and the various works of art, donated or loaned to the Court by EU countries, which reflect Europe’s varied cultural heritage. 

Plan your visit to the Court of Justice

European Court of Auditors

Entrance to the European Court of Auditors

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) organises group visits to its site in Luxembourg. Visits involve a presentation by an ECA official on the role and workings of the Court, followed by a discussion. You must book at least 2 months in advance.

Plan your visit to the European Court of Auditors

European Investment Bank

European Investment Bank main building

The European Investment Bank admits groups of visitors to its premises in Luxembourg on receipt of a written request. Visitors must have a direct professional interest in the bank’s activities or be university students studying economics or finance. 

Request a visit to the European Investment Bank

Frankfurt (Germany)

European Central Bank

European Central Bank’s headquarter building

The European Central Bank (ECB) offers a number of options to visitors, to explore what its work entails and the activities it supports in Frankfurt. Take a tour of the ECB’s Visitor Centre, attend a tailored lecture or visit its art collection.

Plan your European Central Bank visit

Further information

Role and work of the EU institutions

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How to visit the European Parliament in Brussels and the EU Quarter

One of the most interesting things to do in Brussels is to visit the European Parliament and see the EU Quarter, a surprisingly attractive and fascinating part of Brussels. Here’s how to go on a tour of the European Parliament and pay a visit to the other key buildings and attractions of the EU Quarter.

Where is the EU quarter in Brussels?

European Union flags in Brussels

The EU or European Quarter, also known as the Leopold Quarter, is a compact area to the south-west of Brussels city centre, about 1.5 miles (2km) from the Grand-Place. In the 1800s the Leopold Quarter was one of Brussels’ most prestigious neighbourhoods, and there are lots of beautiful old buildings left over from those days.

During the early 20th century, the wealthy residents of the Leopold Quarter moved further outside the city centre to the new suburbs. Office buildings replaced many of the mansions, and in the late 1950s, new European institutions moved in.

Today the area is dominated by politics and business but it’s still surprisingly green and attractive, with beautiful parks and squares. There are also plenty of things to see and do in this part of Brussels.

Read more: How to see the best of Brussels in 48 hours

How to get to the European Quarter

Street art in the European Quarter

As you’d expect, this international meeting-point is well-connected to the rest of Brussels, as well as to the airport and European high-speed trains.

From the Grand Place, Bourse and the historic centre

To get to the EU Quarter from the Grand Place, take bus 95. It’ll take about 12 minutes to travel to Place du Luxembourg, outside the European Parliament.

From Brussels Midi

To get to the buildings of the European Quarter from Brussels Midi, the main inter-city and international train station in Brussels, take Metro line 2 to Trône. From Trône it’s around a 7-minute walk to Place du Luxembourg.

From Brussels Airport

If you’re coming straight to the EU Quarter from Brussels Airport, take bus route 12. The journey takes about 35 minutes.

From elsewhere in Brussels

A number of bus lines serve the European Quarter. The nearest Metro stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trone on lines 2 and 6.

Things to do in Brussels’ European Quarter

The european parliament: how to visit.

Spring blossom outside the European Parliament in Brussels

The most significant attraction in the EU quarter is the European Parliament. To visit the European Parliament and the famous hemicycle debating chamber as an individual, you’ll need to take one of the self-guided tours, which run at set times, Monday to Friday. Information about timings for the European Parliament tours are available on the Parliament website .

To join a tour, go to the rear entrance of the European Parliament building, just off Rue Wiertz. There are clear signs to get you to the right place from the front of Espace Léopold and Place du Luxembourg (follow the signs for the Hemicyle), but once at the door there’s not a lot to indicate that it’s ok to go in. Don’t worry; if you’re there at the right time just push open the door.

Read more: Visiting all the European Union capitals

You’ll be asked to show your passport, then you’ll go through airport-style security before picking up a headset and electronic guide. Although you can only take the EU Parliament tour at designated times, it’s a self-guided tour with the headset rather than a fully guided tour. The electronic tour is available in all EU languages – you can even download it as an app onto your own mobile phone rather than take a headset if you prefer. There are also printed guidebooks available in all EU languages which you can take away with you for free.

The first exhibit is an arrangement of all the flags of the EU member states – great for a photo opportunity. Once you’re through security, it’s ok to take as many photos or videos as you want inside the European Parliament building.

The huge sculpture in the atrium of the European Parliament

From the flags, you go up in a lift to the atrium where you can see a large sculpture representing cooperation between the member countries. The building is decorated with an art collection of works by up-and-coming European artists on themes of peace and cooperation.

After you leave the atrium, the next stop is the Hemicycle – the main debating chamber of the European Parliament in Brussels. Each EU member country elects representatives in the same way as they would for a national parliament. These Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) meet here and in Strasbourg.

The Hemicycle debating chamber at the European Parliament

The tour finishes after you’ve seen the Hemicycle. All together, your visit will last between 30-60 minutes. Visiting the European Parliament is free – just don’t forget your passport.

Station Europe

The public square outside Station Europe

The original station buildings of the Brussels-Luxembourg train station now house a welcome centre for the European Quarter. You can get your bearings here, pick up a map and plan your visit to the area. There’s also a branch of the official Visit Brussels tourist information centre.

Between Station Europe and the buildings of the Espace Léopold (the name of the European Parliament complex) you’ll find a public square with chairs set up in circles, seemingly to encourage discussion.

Parliamentarium

If you want to understand more about the EU and the European Parliament, visit the Parliamentarium . The Parliamentarium is the EU Parliament’s official visitor centre, and has longer opening hours than the Parliament itself, so it’s a great option if you can’t make one of the Parliament tours.

Like the European Parliament tour, visiting the Parliamentarium is free. The entrance is just off Espace Léopold, towards Rue Montoyer.

House of European History

For an exploration of Europe’s turbulent history, and the events that led up to the formation of the European Union, visit the House of European History  in Léopold Park.

The House of European History aims not to tell the story of each individual country in Europe, but to draw together the themes that European nations have in common. The permanent exhibition covers Europe as a global force in the 19th century and the two World Wars that shattered the continent, before examining the political divisions of the second half of the 20th century.

The exhibitions are free to visit, and a multimedia tour is available in all the EU languages.

Berlaymont Building

The EU Commission's Berlaymont Building

While you can’t go inside the Berlaymont Building, it’s an impressive sight and is probably the most iconic building of the European Quarter. The Berlaymont Building is the home of the European Commission, where the day-to-day work of the EU is carried out.

EU flags outside the Berlaymont Building

You can walk around the Berlaymont building; there are information boards about the history of the building spread out around the perimeter. If you’re lucky, you might see a TV news crew filming a report.

Statue of Europe

The Statue of Europe symbolises peace and diversity

The Statue of Europe is a 5-metre tall sculpture symbolising peace in Europe and also the European Union motto, United in Diversity. Hands painted in different colours raise up a globe decorated with the EU stars, with a white dove perched on top.

The Statue of Europe is in the grounds of the former Convent Van Maerlant, now the library of the European Commission.

Other sights in and near the EU Quarter

Léopold park.

The ostriches in Leopold Park aren't a political statement but rather a hint at the zoo that used to be on the site in the 19th century

A pretty patch of green in the middle of the European Quarter, Léopold Park was the site of a zoo until the 1880s – symbolised by a quirky and controversial group of ostrich sculptures right outside the Parliament building.

The green space and lake in Léopold Park

With rolling green hills, benches for an outdoor lunch and a beautiful lake, it’s the perfect spot to take a break in the European Quarter.

Parc du Cinquantenaire

The magnificent arches in Cinquantenaire Park. The Military Museum is to the left, the Art and History Museum and Autoworld to the right.

If you look west along Rue de la Loi, you’ll see an enormous triumphal arch, reminiscent of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The arch itself is slightly more recent but the buildings either side were built for the 1880 National Exhibition which celebrated the Belgian nation’s 50th birthday.

The park itself is a very pleasant place for a walk, with lots of flowers, trees and lawns, and it’s a popular place for tourists and Brussels residents alike to relax.

Royal Military Museum

The Royal Military Museum occupies the left-hand side of the Cinquantenaire buildings. It holds an impressive collection of arms, armour, vehicles and aircraft. There are also two galleries dedicated to the First World War which devastated much of Belgium.

For an incredible view of the European Quarter and the surrounding area, take the stairs inside the Military Museum up to the viewing gallery on top of the arches.

On the right-hand side of the Cinquantenaire arch you’ll find Autoworld, a fantastic museum dedicated to cars and driving. Among the gleaming permanent exhibits and fascinating temporary exhibitions you’ll find information about Belgium’s contribution to automotive history.

Art & History Museum

The right-hand side of the complex also houses the Art and History Museum . More informative than an art gallery, more inspiring than a history museum, the unique collection eventually wants to be as well known as the British Museum or the Louvre.

Cauchie House

The Cauchie House is a beautiful example of Art Nouveau architecture

If you’re interested in architecture, and especially if you’re a lover of Art Nouveau, you can’t miss the Cauchie House . Artist couple Paul and Carolina Cauchie built the house in 1905 and decorated the front as an advertisement for their businesses; graphic design for him, art lessons for her. In the centre of the facade you can read the words “Par Nous, Pour Nous” – “By Us, For Us”. The house is at the top of Rue des Francs, just across the road from Parc du Cinquantenaire.

Museum of Natural Sciences

Another interesting museum in the European Quarter is the Museum of Natural Sciences . The museum’s most impressive exhibits are the dinosaur skeletons, including an enormous Tyrannosaurus rex. You can also explore the history of humankind and exhibitions on the natural world. The Museum of Natural Sciences is near the Hemicycle and Léopold Park, on Rue Vautier.

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If you’re visiting Brussels, you might also like my other post about visiting Belgian breweries and beer tasting in Brussels .

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20 thoughts on “How to visit the European Parliament in Brussels and the EU Quarter”

These places are stunning! Pinning this now 🙂

Thanks Sarah 🙂

We only made a quick stop in Brussels years ago, would love to go back and explore more.

Ah, hope you get back to Brussels soon! I’m also hoping to go back!

I would love, love to visit the EU Parliament in Brussels! My friend and I actually walked by several of these buildings and monuments during our short weekend stay there, it was such a culturally rich city to visit!

It’s so interesting, I’m so glad we were able to catch a tour! There’s definitely a lot of fun and cultural things to do in Brussels.

Great post! I visited Brussels several years back on a university trip, specifically to visit the EU, and expected to find the city very bureaucratic- however, I was surprised by how beautiful it was! Definitely a great place to spend a few days 🙂

Same, I thought the European Quarter would be grey and boring and full of suits, but it was actually really pretty and vibrant. And everyone we met that day was so warm and funny. It definitely exceeded my expectations!

Helen, I enjoyed your post! I actually had a stay over in Brussels and I saw a little bit but I want to go back

Thanks Kiera, I hope you get back there soon, I’m also hoping to go back, three days wasn’t enough!

I have visited this area but did not take a tour of the Parliament for lack of time. I have fond memories of my trip to Brusselx as I went there with my mom, and I love mother-daughter trips. We were there only for a weekend so we didn’t have much time, and there was so much good food and great beer we needed to explore, too! 😀 Still, I think it’s an important institution and I would like to get there to learn more about it.

Haha I’m with you on the beer! And the delicious chocolate, and the frites!

I had no idea that you could visit! Really interesting post

Thanks Catherine 🙂

Very cool. I didn’t realize there was so much in the EU area!

There’s absolutely loads to do, definitely worth a day on a Brussels trip 🙂

What a lovely place to visit! This just makes me realize how much I missed by not going there, I was supposed to next week, but I have a scheduling issue and had to turn down the offer 🙁

Sorry to hear that,I hope you get to visit soon. It’s definitely worth a trip!

This is awesome- our boys love history and would love to see this. Pinned so I have this when we finally get them over to Europe! Someday!!!

Thanks Elizabeth, there’s so much to see in this area and you really feel the history behind what the European project wanted to achieve – all the wars and the division. Whatever you think of the modern EU it’s a fascinating part of Brussels.

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European Parliament Press Kit for the European Council of 27 and 28 June 2024  

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In this press kit, you will find a selection of the European Parliament’s press releases reflecting MEPs’ priorities for topics on the summit agenda.

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola will represent the European Parliament at the summit, where she will address the heads of state or government around 14.45 and hold a press conference after her speech.

When : Press conference around 15:30/16:00 on 27 June.

Where : European Council press room and on Parliament’s multimedia centre and EbS .

At their meeting in Brussels, heads of state or government will continue discussions on the next institutional cycle, including the appointments to the EU’s top jobs. Russia’s war against Ukraine, the latest developments in the Middle East, security and defence issues, competitiveness and migration will also feature, among others, on the summit agenda.

European Elections

The European elections took place from 6 to 9 June. Provisional results are published on the European elections website and will be regularly updated until the constitutive session of Parliament’s tenth legislative term on 16-19 July in Strasbourg.

In order to “Europeanise” the elections and to boost the democratic legitimacy of EU decision-making, ahead of the 2014 European elections Parliament called on the European political parties to nominate candidates for the Presidency of the European Commission. The aim was to allow citizens to influence directly, through their vote in the European elections, the choice of the head of the European executive. Before this year’s European elections, Parliament confirmed the importance of applying the lead candidate mechanism (or “Spitzenkandidaten” system) and laid out its position for the upcoming elections in December 2023 .

MEPs insist that a clear and credible link between the choice of voters and the position of the Commission President is necessary. They say that, based on the EU Treaties, this choice should depend on the candidate that secures majority support in Parliament and call on the European Council to end the practice of making deals behind closed doors.

Speaking at the informal EU summit on 17 June , EP President Roberta Metsola reiterated “the European Parliament’s full cooperation and strongest commitment to ensuring the smooth running of the process leading to the election of the President of the European Commission. In the European Parliament, our work has already started - and will continue - in that regard.”

She also stated that the election results “show a majority of our citizens have called for the defence of our values and for security to remain a top priority. Our support to Ukraine must continue. Everyone must benefit from the twin transitions. The green deal needs to be a driver of economic growth without burdens, bureaucracy and red tape. We need to move from being in ‘crisis mode’ to thinking long term, building on our greatest asset, the single market and prioritising the EU’s competitiveness. That is how we cement Europe’s place in the world.”

During the constitutive plenary session in Strasbourg, Parliament will elect its President, 14 Vice-Presidents and five Questors. MEPs will also decide on the number and size of Parliament’s standing committees and sub-committees and who will sit on them.

The final agenda for the session, with possible additions besides the election of Parliament’s leadership, will be adopted by Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) during their meeting on 11 July.

Further reading

European Parliament ready to engage, President Metsola tells the European Council

Elections website

Election Press tool Kit

MEPs propose lead candidate system rules ahead of European elections

MEPs to contact

Sven Simon (EPP, DE), rapporteur

Domènec Ruiz Devesa (S&D, ES), rapporteur

Russia’s war against Ukraine

In a joint statement issued on 23 February , the Presidents of the EU institutions stressed that “the European Union will always support Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.

Russia and its leadership bear sole responsibility for this war and its global consequences, as well as for the serious crimes committed. We remain determined to hold them to account, including for the crime of aggression. (...)

The European Union will continue its strong and unwavering political, military, financial, economic, diplomatic and humanitarian support to help Ukraine defend itself, protect its people, its cities and its critical infrastructure, restore its territorial integrity, bring back the thousands of deported children, and bring the war to an end.

We will continue to address Ukraine’s pressing military and defence needs, including deliveries of urgently needed ammunition and missiles. (...) We are also working on future security commitments which will help Ukraine defend itself, resist destabilisation efforts and deter acts of aggression in the future.”

In a resolution adopted on 29 February , MEPs took stock of the two years since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. Highlighting how the war has fundamentally changed the geopolitical situation in Europe and beyond, they say the main objective is for Ukraine to win the war, warning of serious consequences if that does not happen. MEPs say that other authoritarian regimes are watching how the conflict develops to assess their own leeway for enacting aggressive foreign policies.

For Kyiv to win the war, there should be “no self-imposed restriction on military assistance to Ukraine”, with Parliament reaffirming the need to provide the country with whatever is needed to regain full control over its internationally recognised territory.

All EU and NATO allies should support Ukraine militarily with no less than 0.25% of their GDP annually, MEPs argue, while urging EU countries to immediately enter into dialogue with defence companies to ensure increased production and deliveries of ammunition, shells and missiles to Ukraine, which should be prioritised over orders from other third countries.

The resolution underlines the urgent need for a solid legal regime to allow Russian state-owned assets frozen by the EU to be confiscated and used for reconstruction in Ukraine and to compensate victims of the war. Russia must be obliged to pay reparations imposed on it to ensure that it contributes substantially to rebuilding Ukraine.

On 12 March, Parliament adopted a directive , agreed with member states, on criminalising the violation and circumvention of EU sanctions. It will introduce a common definition of, and minimum penalties for, violations.

EU sanctions can consist of freezing funds and assets (including crypto-assets), travel bans, arms embargoes, and restrictions on business sectors. While sanctions are adopted at the EU level, enforcement relies on member states, amongst which the definitions of sanction violations and associated penalties vary. The new law sets consistent definitions for violations, which would include acts such as not freezing funds, not respecting travel bans or arms embargoes, transferring funds to persons subject to sanctions, or doing business with state-owned entities of countries under sanction. Providing financial services or legal advisory services in violation of sanctions will also become a punishable offence.

The directive ensures the punishment for violating and circumventing sanctions is dissuasive by making them criminal offences carrying prison sentences of a maximum of five years in all member states.

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Joint Statement by the Presidents of the European Union Institutions on the occasion of the 2 year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

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Michael GAHLER (EPP, DE) Standing Rapporteur on Ukraine

Andrius KUBILIUS (EPP, LT) Standing Rapporteur on Russia

Sophie in ’t Veld (Renew, the Netherlands), rapporteur on the violation of Union restrictive measures

War in the Gaza Strip

In a resolution adopted on 25 April , MEPs strongly condemn the Iranian drone and missile attack on Israel and call for further sanctions against Iran. Parliament voices serious concern over the escalation and threat to regional security. MEPs reiterate their full support for the security of the State of Israel and its citizens and condemn the simultaneous rocket launches carried out by Iran’s proxies Hezbollah in Lebanon and Houthi rebels in Yemen against the Golan Heights and Israeli territory before and during the Iranian attack.

At the same time, they deplore the attack on the Iranian consulate in the Syrian capital Damascus on 1 April, which is widely attributed to Israel. The resolution recalls the importance of the principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, which must be respected in all cases under international law.

In a resolution adopted on 14 March , MEPs call on Israel to immediately allow and facilitate full aid delivery into and throughout Gaza via all existing crossings, underlining the urgent need for rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access.

They reiterate their call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire to address the looming risk of mass starvation in Gaza and the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages. The International Committee of the Red Cross must be given immediate access to all Israeli hostages being held in Gaza to provide them with medical care.

There can be no prospect of peace, security, stability and prosperity for Gaza or for Palestinian-Israeli reconciliation, MEPs warn, as long as Hamas and other terrorist groups play any role in Gaza.

Parliament also strongly condemns the rise in extremist settler violence and attacks by the Israeli armed forces against Palestinians in the West Bank, attacks that have already killed hundreds and injured thousands of Palestinian civilians. MEPs strongly condemn the acceleration of the illegal settlement of Palestinian land, which constitutes a violation of international law. They are deeply concerned about the risk of escalation in the conflict, in particular in Lebanon.

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European security and defence

In two reports on the EU’s foreign, security and defence policy, adopted on 28 February , MEPs warn that the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine has sparked a series of global economic shocks and added significant destabilising pressure on countries in the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership.

They want the EU to reform its neighbourhood policy and accelerate the enlargement process, while advancing institutional and decision-making reforms, including the publication of a roadmap for future work by the summer of 2024. MEPs urge the EU to improve its capacity to act in response to, as well as to pre-empt, global crises.

With US-China competition as a backdrop, Parliament is concerned about the increasing relevance of more exclusive formats of cooperation and emphasises that traditional multilateral forums – in particular the UN and its agencies –should be the EU’s preferred forums for cooperation.

With the focus on Russia’s illegal, unprovoked and unjustified war of aggression against Ukraine, Parliament highlights the role played by Iran, Belarus, North Korea and China in supporting the Kremlin’s war machine. MEPs say Russia’s war is part of a wider strategy to undermine the rules-based international order and underline that the EU will continue to support Kyiv with the necessary military means to end the conflict.

MEPs also demand an increase to and acceleration of the EU’s financial and military assistance, stressing that Ukraine’s military victory and the country’s future integration in the EU and NATO are necessary to guarantee Europe’s security, stability and sustainable peace.

Foreign policy, security and defence: the EU should focus on strategic alliances

David McAllister (EPP, Germany), Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee and rapporteur on the Common Foreign and Security Policy

Sven Mikser (S&D, Estonia) rapporteur on the common security and defence policy

Competitiveness

On 25 April, Parliament approved the net-zero industry act to bolster EU production in technologies needed for decarbonisation. It sets a target for Europe to produce 40% of its annual deployment needs in net-zero technologies by 2030, based on National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) and to capture 15% of the global market value for these technologies.

Technologies to be supported include all renewable technologies, nuclear, industrial decarbonisation, grid, energy storage technologies, and biotech. The law will simplify the permitting process, setting maximum timelines for projects to be authorised depending on their scope and output.

The Act provides for the creation of "Net-Zero Acceleration Valleys" initiatives, speeding up the permitting process by delegating parts of the evidence collection for environmental assessments to member states.

On 23 April, MEPs approved a revamp of EU fiscal rules making them clearer, more investment-friendly, better tailored to each country’s situation, and more flexible. MEPs significantly beefed up the rules to protect a government’s capability to invest. It will now be more difficult for the Commission to place a member state under an excessive deficit procedure if essential investments are ongoing, and all national expenditure on the co-financing of EU-funded programmes will be excluded from a government’s expenditure calculation, creating more incentives to invest. Countries with excessive debt will be required to reduce it on average by 1% per year if their debt is above 90% of GDP, and by 0.5% per year on average if it is between 60% and 90%. If a country’s deficit is above 3% of GDP, it would have to be reduced during periods of growth to reach 1.5% and build a spending buffer for difficult economic conditions

MEPs adopt plans to boost Europe’s Net-Zero technology production

New EU fiscal rules approved by MEPs

Christian Ehler (EPP, DE), rapporteur Net-Zero industry Act

Markus Ferber (EPP, DE), co-rapporteur on new fiscal rules

Margarida Marques (S&D, PT), co-rapporteur on new fiscal rules

On 10 April, Parliament adopted ten legislative texts to reform EU migration and asylum policy. The new regulation on asylum and migration management aims to improve support for EU countries subject to migratory pressure, whereby other member states will have to contribute by relocating asylum applicants or beneficiaries of international protection to their territory, making financial contributions, or providing operational and technical support.

The crisis and force majeure regulation establishes a mechanism to respond to sudden increases in arrivals, ensuring solidarity and support for member states facing an exceptional influx of third-country nationals. The screening regulation establishes that people who do not meet the conditions to enter the EU will be subject to a pre-entry screening procedure, including identification, collecting of biometric data, and health and security checks, during a period of up to seven days.

A new common procedure across the EU to grant and withdraw international protection was also adopted, with the objective of making processing asylum claims at EU borders faster, with shorter deadlines for unfounded or inadmissible claims. Parliament also backed new uniform standards for all member states for recognising refugee or subsidiary protection status, and regarding the rights granted to those qualifying for protection.

The reception condition directive makes sure that member states have equivalent reception standards for asylum seekers when it comes to, for example, housing, schooling and health care. Finally, according to the new EU resettlement framework and humanitarian admission, member states will, on a voluntary basis, offer to host UNHCR-recognised refugees from third countries, who would travel to EU territory in a legal, organised and safe way.

MEPs approve the new Migration and Asylum Pact

Tomas TOBÉ (EPP, SE), rapporteur for the Asylum and migration management regulation

Juan Fernando LÓPEZ AGUILAR (S&D, ES), rapporteur for the Crisis and force majeure regulation

Birgit SIPPEL (S&D, DE), rapporteur for the Screening regulation

Fabienne KELLER (Renew, FR), rapporteur for the Asylum procedure regulation

Matjaž NEMEC (S&D, SL), rapporteur for the Qualification regulation

Sophia IN 'T VELD (Renew, NL), rapporteur for the Reception conditions directive

Jorge BUXADÉ (ECR, ES), rapporteur for Eurodac

Malin BJÖRK (The Left, SE), rapporteur for the Union resettlement framework .

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Striving to be the first climate-neutral continent

Climate change and environmental degradation are an existential threat to Europe and the world. To overcome these challenges, the European Green Deal will transform the EU into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, ensuring:

  • no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050
  • economic growth decoupled from resource use
  • no person and no place left behind

The European Green Deal is also our lifeline out of the COVID-19 pandemic. One third of the €1.8 trillion  investments from the NextGenerationEU Recovery Plan, and the EU’s seven-year budget will finance the European Green Deal.

The European Commission has adopted a set of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, transport and taxation  policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 , compared to 1990 levels. More information on  Delivering the European Green Deal .

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12 March 2024 - The Commission has published a Communication on managing climate risks in Europe that sets out how the EU and its countries can implement policies that save lives, cut costs, and protect prosperity. It comes as a direct response to the first-ever European Climate Risk Assessment by the European Environment Agency. It also addresses the concerns that many Europeans have following last’s year record temperatures and extreme weather events. The Commission is calling for action from all levels of government, the private sector and civil society to improve governance and tools for climate risk owners, manage risks across sectors and set the right preconditions to finance climate resilience.

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