Berlaymont building, the headquarters of the European Commission

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© flickr.com – Amio Cajander/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Berlaymont is an office building in Brussels, Belgium, which houses the headquarters of the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union (EU). The structure is located at Schuman roundabout at Wetstraat 200 Rue de la Loi, in what is known as the “European Quarter“. The unique form of the Berlaymont’s architecture is used in the European Commission’s official emblem.

The building has housed the European Commission since its construction, and has become a symbol of the Commission (and its name a metonym for the Commission) and the European presence in Brussels. The Commission itself is spread over some 60-odd buildings, but the Berlaymont is the Commission’s headquarters, being the seat of the President of the European Commission and its College of Commissioners.

© Zinneke/cc-by-sa-1.0 © flickr.com - Andersen Pecorone/cc-by-2.0 © flickr.com - Amio Cajander/cc-by-sa-2.0 Main entrance © JLogan/cc-by-3.0 Press Room © JLogan/cc-by-sa-3.0 European Commission logo inspired by the shape of the Berlaymont building © europa.eu
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European Commission logo inspired by the shape of the Berlaymont building © europa.eu
The following Directorates-General (departments) are also based in the Berlaymont: Human Resources and Security (HR), European Political Strategy Centre, formerly known as Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), Communication (COMM), Brussels Office of Infrastructure and Logistics (OIB), Secretariat-General (SG) and the Legal Service (SJ).

The office of the President and the Commission boardroom are on the 13th floor (occupied by the President in defiance of superstition surrounding the number), together with the meeting room of the Hebdo and the restaurant La Convivialité.

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