Brussels is the capital city of Europe.
It is the city which houses the European Council, the European Commission, the European Parliament (with Strasbourg), the Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee.
President Mitterand is reputed to have once said that the point of the European Union was to get the French farmers to throw tomatoes at the European Commission in Brussels rather than at the Mininstry of Agriculture in Paris.
By this measure, European integration has been a great success.
Have the European institutions come any closer to the people though since the days of the orginal European Coal and Steel Community?
Well if the answer to that question is yes, much of this is down to the constructive work of civil society organisations and the role they have played in mediating the interests of many different issue-based communities. They have done so by organising at the European level in a way that politicians, elected as they are on a national basis, cannot.
Many European citizens simply regard the institutions of Europe as being too remote. Even in Brussels itself, it seems a very long way from the streets of Molenbeek to Rond Schuman.
New Europeans is working with our partners in Brussels, including Pro- Europa, Europeans Throughout the World to give a voice to the citizens of Europe and to build a community presence in the city of Brussels itself.
In particular, we work with the European Economic and Social Committee, and with MEPs from all parties in the European Parliament who are committed to the mission of New Europeans to give the citizens of Europe a voice in the future construction of Europe.
Our local area coordiantor in Brussels is Harry Bell.
To find out more about our Brussels branch and to contact Harry, please email email@example.com