When I had to pick up my new passport I was so close to the European quarter in Brussels, that I went there just to have a look to see how it looks today. I didn't recognize anything. My father used to work in the old Berlaymont building (which looks like a Star) and I worked in there too for a while as free lance for the Commun Market (today the European Union). Therefore I knew this area very well. Already in the 60 th and 70th it had been a big construction area and it hasn't changed ! It's now 50 years that not only the European Union has to be constructed, but also its offices !
Today the office space occupied by the European institutions and its satellite organizations in Brussels is 3.5 million sqm (37) on a total of 12 million (129) most of which lies in the European quarter.
That's how it will be but when ?
This is the model
A picture of the European Commission (Berlaymont building) not from me of course.
The Berlaymont building was the first European edifice in Brussels in the 60s, it has been newly rebuilt after having been torned down due to asbestos problems.
Here it is how it looks now in the midst of the never ending construction area
There is a strange mixture of old and new buildings all around the European quarter
Offices for European employees scattered over several streets
This one suddenly jumps out of nowhere when you peacefully walk along old houses in a street.
It is the EU Council
The floor area is 85,000 sqm and the building has about 3000 gates. The design is based on 2 fronts shaped shell surrounding the glass offices
The entrance. Nobody could tell me who or what represents this statue
old an new together
Here houses the European Economic and Social Commettee
I thought this would be a church. At least it looks like
but it is not a church, there are offices in it for the European Commission !
a little "left over" church is just glued to the big one
and other offices. I really got lost. In all these buildings the Commission employs 25,000 and the Parliament employs about 5000 people.
When my father started there in 1958 they were only 3000 in total ! Belgians, Frenchs, Italians, Germans, Dutchs and Luxemburgers. All the other countries joined in slowly later. Here is more about The European Institutions and their location