Where will it be taking place?
Apart from Brussels, the Dutch EU Presidency will mainly be based in Amsterdam and The Hague.
The EU ministers will continue to meet in Brussels and Luxembourg. But there will also be a number of formal and informal meetings in the Netherlands. For ministers, these meetings will be held at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.
Meetings involving other officials will be held at Amsterdam’s historic naval dockyard, located next to the museum. A cultural programme has also been planned there.
The European Commission and members of the European Parliament will make working visits to The Hague.
One of the key principles of the Dutch Presidency is ‘a Union that connects’. The government wishes to encourage the active involvement of people and civil society organisations in European decision-making.
To this end, a visitors’ centre will be located near the Presidency venue in Amsterdam. There visitors can learn more about the history and operation of the EU. Students and creatives will use photography, video and interactive applications to visualise the role the EU plays in our daily lives. Visitors will be able to create their own avatar and watch animated films. Surprising facts about EU countries will be on display, as well as updates on the Presidency’s activities on social media. There will also be an overview of upcoming meetings and events.
The visitors’ centre will open in Pension Homeland in the first week of January. Entry will be free of charge during opening hours. Everyone is welcome to come and take a look.
Directions (from Amsterdam Central station)
The Marine Etablissement Amsterdam (MEA), the historic naval dockyard where the meetings will be held, is easy to get to on foot or by bus.
On foot (approx. 20 mins.)
Exit the train station via the front entrance and turn left. When you are almost at the end of Stationsplein, turn right, cross the bridge and then turn immediately left onto Prins Hendrikkade. Continue walking straight ahead, past Oosterdok, and turn left at the National Maritime Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum). The entrance to the MEA is just past the museum.
By bus (approx. 10 mins.)
Bus route number 48 (Central Station to Borneo Eiland) stops close to the entrance to the MEA. The stop is called Kattenburgerstraat.
Bus route number 22 (Central Station to Indische Buurt) stops at the National Maritime Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum). The stop is called Kadijksplein. From there, walk past the museum to reach the entrance to the MEA (approx. 3 minutes).