The city of Brussels will host the three-day colloquium of Corporations and Cities.
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the administrative centre of the European Union. The city accommodates most of the institutions of the European Union (i.e. the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and one of the two chambers of the European Parliament). The headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) also contribute to the city’s political significance.
Brussels has acquired its unique character through the coexistence of French and Flemish cultures. While both French and Dutch are official languages and widely in use, modern-day Brussels is home to people from all over the world and many other languages can be heard in the streets of the capital, adding a cosmopolitan flavour to its atmosphere.
Diversity and contrast can also be found in the different architectural styles of the city which range from old gothic cathedrals via Art Nouveau to modern skyscraper constructions that reflect the sky in Brussels’ European quarter.
The cityscape is composed of picturesque medieval streets, lively and spacious squares and parks, beautiful boulevards with impressive monuments and cosy cafés and restaurants. An active cultural life, rich chocolate, and a diverse cuisine of the highest international level further enhance the city’s vibrant atmosphere
The Grand Place and Atomium in Brussels.