For newcomers

Are you a European staff-member who has recently moved to Brussels? If so, Discover Brussels is definitely something for you! It comprises an extensive and high-quality introduction to your new home and place of work. Discover Brussels provides you with all the background information you need to help you understand this complex city and to find your way around more easily. Learn about its history and gain an insight into its good and less attractive sides during a lunchtime session at the European School of Administration.


Brussels is a name that covers a lot: Brussels is a Region, a city, 19 boroughs, an important social and economic zone, the multilingual capital of Europe, a prosperous region with a high level of unemployment, home to as many as 170 nationalities, an institutional jumble, a cultural melting pot and so much more. The lunchtime session includes an historical overview of Brussels’ development, a close look at Brussels today, and also a look into the future. The lessons will be given by renowned professors from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and l’Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Practical information

The lunchtime sessions are free and are held in the European School of Administration. They start at 12:30 and end around 14:15. Participants are offered sandwiches and refreshments.  Please make sure you enrol on time by mailing to

The lunch time sessions for 2013-2014 will be organised on the following dates:

  • October 21 (English)
  • November 22 (French)
  • January 30 (English)
  • April 2 (English)
  • May 22 (English)


Who can attend?

Only staff-members of the EU institutions (officials, temporary agents, contract agent, seconded national experts and their partners) can enroll for the lunchtime session.

Discover Brussels is organised by the Europe.Brussels Liaison Office (Europe.Brussels), in collaboration with Cosmopolis - City, Culture & Society (VUB) and the European School of Administration. 

Looking for more information? Contact Nathalie San Gil ( - 02/234 57 37) or Patrick Struelens ( - 02 280 00 80).