|Address:||200 Wetstraat, Rue de la Loi, 1000 Brussels. 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Brussels Airport (BRU). The closest metro is Brussel-Schuman, and there is a non-stop train from Brussels Airport, which takes less than 30 minutes.|
|Admission:||Individual visits are not allowed. However, visits may be organized for groups of 15 or more people. There is a 10-week advanced booking requirement. There is no admission fee. A passport is necessary to enter the building.|
Berlaymont houses the headquarters of the European Commission, which is the executive arm of the European Union (EU). The European Commission is responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU. Commissioners swear an oath at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg City, pledging to respect the treaties and to be completely independent in carrying out their duties during their mandate. The office of the President of the European Commission is on the 13th floor of the Berlaymont building.
I stayed at a hotel very near the Berlaymont. One side of the room faced west, and during the sunset, I took this picture.