The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union, consisting of 28 member states that are subject to the obligations and the privileges of the membership. Every member state is part of the founding treaties of the union and is subjected to binding laws within the common legislative and judicial institutions. In order for the EU to adopt policies that concern defense and foreign affairs, all member states must agree unanimously.
The European Union was founded on November 1, 1993 in Maastricht, Netherlands.
Before 1993, the EU was not as big as it is today. European countries started to cooperate economically since 1951 when only states such as Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Germany, The Netherlands and Italy participated. Gradually, more countries decided to join the EU. The last to join was Croatia – in 2013.
We started our visit to the European Parliament in Brussels at Station Europe, in the lively Place du Luxembourg. Station Europe has all the information you need to make the most of your visit.
Housed in the original building of the Brussels-Luxembourg train station, Station Europe perfectly bridges the area’s past as the Leopold Quarter and its modern role as the home of European democracy.
You can see the European Parliament come alive with an augmented reality model of the campus, or delve into the history of the European Parliament at touchscreen tables and see which of your favorite inspiring figures you’re following. You can even peer into the past with peephole dioramas and see the European Parliament from different angles, at different times in its life.
Station Europe is also your gateway to Brussels to give you a taste of all you can do in the Belgian capital.
The European Commission, Europe’s Hub