Are you traveling with your class, organisation or extended family to Brussels or Strasbourg? Since neither city has a proper zoo, come pay a visit to the European Parliament instead for a glimpse of peculiar life forms. Nico (species: Member of the European Parliament, genus: sad being) will receive you in the visitor area and explain to you everything he knows. This will take about 5 minutes. Afterwards you will have 40 minutes to ask him whatever questions come to mind and have an inside look around the premises.
Here is how it works:
Be available in Brussels or Strasbourg on one of dates listed below.
Send a mail at least 7 weeks before the visit (the Parliament set these deadlines, not me - at the EU's speed, two months is like a blink of the eye) with the subject line “Visit Nico” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the following information:
Where you are coming from (city and country)
Where you will be going (Brussels or Strasbourg)
Preferred date and time of visit to the European Parliament
Number of visitors (Brussels: 10-48 visitors. Strasbourg: 10-42 visitors)
Does your group include visitors with recognised disabilities?
Are you interested in viewing a plenary session? (Maximum duration 1-1.5 hours, only possible when parliament is in session)
Please check your spam folder regularly. Normally we do not need more than 4 days to reply. If you change your mind about your visit, please send us a notification of your wish to cancel.
We have the possibility to cover travel costs for a limited number of groups each year. Currently we have already reached our limit, but in the event that a group has to cancel a new request can be submitted. If you wish to be on the waiting list to receive financial support, please send us an email with the subject line “Visit Nico (expenses covered)” 9 weeks before the visit, at the latest. Groups receiving financial assistance are required by the European Parliament additionally visit the House of European History or the Parlamentarium if in Brussels or the Parlamentarium if in Strasbourg.
Important notice: Nico is not a liberal party politician, so elite schools from posh districts should not bother applying for financial support. :) If your group actually could use it, please send us one or two short sentences explaining why and we will figure out if we can sponsor your group or not.
Availability in Brussels:
Tuesday, 20/12/22 - date taken
Wednesday, 12/04/23 - date taken
Tuesday, 20/06/23 - date taken
Wednesday, 28/06/23 - date taken
Availability in Strasbourg:
Wednesday, 14/12/22 - date taken
Tuesday, 14/02/23 - date taken
Tuesday, 18/04/23 - date taken
14/03/2022 - Visitor groups are allowed again at the European Parliament.
28/03/2022 - Registration begins for visits to Nico.
06/09/2022 - European Parliament introduces new rules for sponsored groups.
For further information on visiting the European Parliament, visit here.