Justus Lipsius building

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The Justus Lipsius building is a building in Brussels (Belgium) that has been the headquarters of the Council of the European Union since 1995. Unlike the European Parliament, visiting is restricted. However meetings are now broadcast on the internet and tours are possible on the annual open day.


The building is located in the European quarter at Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 175 next to the Schuman roundabout and opposite the Berlaymont building of the European Commission. To the west is Residence Palace that is being extended for use as a Council summit building. To the south the building borders Jean Rey Square and Leopold Park. The facades bordering the square are being considered for renovation to improve their appearance.

To the north the building sits next to Schuman station (metro and regional rail) and there are plans for a new metro station to the south near Jean Rey square.


Like most state buildings in the EU district its architecture is very modern and functional. Many architects, engineers and firms from several Member States of the European Union participated in that large-scale operation. The result was the "Justus Lipsius" building of the Council. It has a total surface of 215,000 m2 (with 24 km of corridors), divided into three distinct but closely linked parts: the Conference Centre, the Secretariat and the substructure.


In 1985, in response to an initiative by the Belgian Government, the Council took the decision to have a new building built, better suited to its needs, and to make the Belgian State's Regie der Gebouwen/Régie des Bâtiments the contracting authority. The foundation stone of the new building was laid in 1989 on land given by the host State, a site formerly crossed by the rue Juste Lipse/Justus Lipsiusstraat, which linked the Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat to the rue Belliardstraat. The official inauguration took place on 29 May 1995, under the French Presidency.

The building is named after Justus Lipsius, a Belgian philologist and humanist, who previously lent his name to a street that was removed to make way for the large complex. The Council was previously housed in the Charlemagne building located across the street (now renovated and housing the Trade and Economic & Financial Affairs departments of the Commission).

See also

  • Berlaymont building (European Commission)
  • Brussels and the European Union
  • Entropa
  • Espace Léopold (Parliament)
  • Location of European Union institutions
  • Résidence Palace (new building next door)


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