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News from European parliament

Visiting the Hemicycle in Brussels

A visit to the Hemicycle is a great way to soak up the atmosphere of the world’s largest transnational parliament and find out about its powers and role. Groups in Brussels can apply for a talk with a European Parliament expert, tailored to their needs and get the opportunity to meet with a Member of the European Parliament and visit the Hemicycle. As individual visitors, you can also enjoy an upgraded multimedia guide and visit the Hemicycle at your own pace. Visits are always free and available in 24 languages. Book a visit for your group and find out more about the safety measures in place on our website.

Visiting the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Members of the European Parliament meet in Strasbourg every month to debate during a plenary session. During the plenary session, visitor groups can take part in a talk with a speaker and follow the debate from the visitors gallery. You can even meet and discuss with a Member of Parliament! Outside of plenary session, visitors can explore the iconic Louise Weiss building with a multimedia guide. Both during and outside session, you can discover the Parlamentarium Simone Veil and take part in a Role Play Game. There are even some new additions to the visitors’ circuit: an exhibition displaying gifts given to the European Parliament by heads of state from all over the world as well as an interactive multimedia exhibition, which allows visitors to access over 1,700 digitized works of art.

Take part in a Role Play Game in Brussels, Strasbourg, Berlin or Tallinn

Since it opened in the Parlamentarium in Brussels, the Role Play Game has given thousands of young Europeans the chance to step into the shoes of a Member of the European Parliament. The Role Play Game is also available in Strasbourg, Berlin and Tallinn, letting secondary school students all over Europe take a crash course in European law-making. Soon it will be offered in even more EU capitals - watch this space! Top tip: this activity is extremely popular so make sure to book your session in advance.

New temporary exhibition in the House of European History

In the new exhibition “When Walls Talk!", complex layers of European division and unity from the past 100 years are revealed through posters from the House of European History collection. Primary school groups can participate in the “Walls talk... and you, what do you have to say?” activity, whilst secondary school students can “time travel” to create their own posters. Young visitors will also be challenged to design their own posters, and link posters to their correct historical context, for which they receive a diploma. "When Walls Talk!” runs from 30 April – 13 November 2022 – visit the website to book your group.

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