Brussels, a city at the heart of Europe

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When you are in Brussels, you  have the opportunity to touch the heart of Europe’s policy nerve center. 


Brussels is home to a host of EU organisations: the European Parliament, the European Council, and the European Commission as well as NATO are all located in the city. 


In addition, a host of regional and international representations are also based in the Belgian capital. The city is home to an international corps of journalists, international associations and diplomats. This is the city where cultures and interests from around the world meet.


Brussels : a stone’s throw from London, Paris, Berlin


Brussels brings you all the advantages of Europe’s bigger capitals but without time-wasting traffic or difficult connections to trains and planes.


You’ll get quick and easy train connections to six countries and a dozen business hubs. In Brussels, you’re at the very heart of Western Europe, with easy, border-free access to Europe’s capitals, major industrial and commercial areas, and key regions under a couple of hours by plane or high-speed train.

A few things to know : 

  • From Brussels, goods are delivered to most European destinations by road in a mere day ;
  • You can leave Brussels in the morning for London, Amsterdam, Paris or Frankfurt by high-speed train and come back home in the evening, just in time for supper ;
  • Brussels International Airport is only a 20-minute train ride from the center, has daily flights to 130 European cities, as well as  many direct flights to Africa, Asia and North America, and more than 60 cargo-only flights each day ;
  • The national motorway system is known worldwide for being fully-lit at night – you can actually see it from outer space! 
  • Cargo flows freely across the EU customs union from Belgium-based producers and distribution centers, with zero delays or administrative formalities.


The home of European decision makers


If you plan to stay informed about European policy-making (and perhaps lean in to key debates), your key contacts with European and international decision-makers are right in the city.

Brussels simply has the world’s second highest concentration of diplomats. You are likely to meet the people your business is looking for quite quickly.

Brussels is Europe’s government relations and policy analysis nerve center – where companies inform and influence EU policy and stay informed on all aspects of European political developments.

The city has 20 EU organisations based right next to its city centre. Brussels is home to the European Commission and Parliament, several other European institutions, NATO, key European trade associations, industry bodies, and think-tanks. This includes representative offices for all international and UN bodies, regions of the world, virtually every country on the globe, and international NGOs.

No less than 20,000 government relations and lobbyists operate in Brussels across trade associations, professional consultancies and the Brussels Representative Office.

In Brussels, you’ll find useful pathways to understand European policy developments that affect your business. Professional networks and analysts abound. 

And Brussels is second only to New York as the world’s highest concentration of diplomats, with 200 embassies.

It’s the ideal place to build strategic relationships with decision makers to promote your company or sector to the EU institutions. 


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