BOOK YOUR PLACE ON VISIT TO NATO, SHAPE, EP
A lively, informative visit has been prepared for CIoJ members to Brussels, for meetings at NATO, SHAPE, the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers.
Members will spend three days in Brussels, going over on Sunday, 20th June for an early morning departure to NATO the following morning. After NATO the group will have meetings at the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, followed by a half day at SHAPE’s headquarters in Mons on Wednesday, 23rd June. From there members will be taken straight to Brussels’ Midi Station where they will catch the Eurostar back to London.
Costs have been kept down to a minimum, and they will fall even lower if there are 20 persons in the group, as the European Parliament has offered a grant of about €135 (£116.50) per head if the group consists of at least 20.
Members will stay in a very new aparthotel in the very centre of Brussels. It is the Adagio, Brussels Centre Monnaie, on the Boulevard Anspach – just next door to the metro line that takes one straight to the European institutions. It is also only a few steps to the famous Grand’ Place and the excellent restaurants in the Rue des Bouchers. Further, it is right next door to the Brussels casino to which entrance is free, and where one can get modestly-priced meals and drinks. The Adagio, which is on the site of a former department store, opened on 1st December, 2009.
The programme will include a whole day visit to NATO, to hear about NATO’s tasks and activities in post Cold War Europe, and half a day at SHAPE.(Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe), the military wing of NATO. Last but not least there will be a half day visit to the European Parliament to hear about the parliament’s increased responsibilities and activities following the coming into effect of the Lisbon Treaty, and to meet members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from different political groups.