Written by Isabelle Gaudeul-Ehrhart.
Welcome to the European Parliament Info Hub. Located next to the Agora Simone Veil, just outside the main European Parliament buildings in Brussels, this cosy new space has been designed for a well-informed public who are already on the Esplanade and are curious to know more about European affairs and the history of European integration. Amongst the highlights, the Info Hub shines a spotlight on the speeches that have made Europe.
The European Parliament Info Hub is a comfortable and welcoming space where you can broaden your knowledge of current affairs and explore topical content, or delve deeper into background material offered by Parliament’s communication and research services. You can dip into open access research material, attend regular policy talks and civil society events, or challenge your thinking at the Info Hub’s temporary exhibitions. The Hub also offers numerous in-person and on-screen activities, from presentations about the EU and its institutions, policies and legislation to videos, podcasts, a ‘What Europe does for me‘ touch screen, and a selection of speeches that have made Europe.
A selection of videos to celebrate the power of the spoken word in powerful, moving, visionary speeches
The European Union we know today is not the result of treaties and legislation only. It is also a vibrant project, strengthened over the years – decades, actually – with women and men calling to citizens as well as leaders, mobilising words, emotions and arguments, with a view to rally people around their vision. We have gathered videos of these speeches and made them available in their original languages as well as with subtitles in all official languages. Some are well-known, others are unusual, all are worth a look.
The speeches cover subjects ranging from history to peace, hope, values and challenges. Come and watch these women and men, leaders, activists, historians, etc., from our shared past or more recent history, delivering speeches to Europeans.
An informal opening of the Info Hub took place on 13 July, with European Parliament Secretary‑General Klaus Welle, Director-General for Communication Jaume Duch Guillot and acting Director-General for the European Parliamentary Research Service Étienne Bassot – you can see them in this photograph watching the video ‘Powerful, moving, visionary: Speeches that have made Europe‘.
You too can visit the Info Hub individually or in small groups from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm.