The REAL Brussels is growing FRUSTRATED of European Union clogging up its city

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EU news Berlaymont Brussels

The unofficial EU capital is often thrown into chaos during the bloc’s large-scale summits where roads are closed at a moments notice to accommodate visiting heads of state.

Despite bringing millions of euros in investment and jobs, the real Brussels has grown tired of the EU’s presencence in the Belgian capital.

But there is a fightback from eurocrats, who have moved to Belgium to work for the EU, bemoaning the never-ending roadworks and local bureaucracy.

When US Presidents visit town, the Belgian authorities completely lock off huge areas of the city to accommodate Washington’s vast list of security requirements.


On Donald Trump’s last visit to the Belgian capital for July’s Nato summit, one Brussels resident was locked out of their own home for just short of two hours as the US President travelled from the military alliance’s headquarters to a gala dinner hosted less than three miles away at a museum in Parc du Cinquantenaire.

Another local compared Brussels’ European Quarter to Baghdad’s Green Zone – a highly secured compound for international visitors to Iraq’s capital – during EU Council summits, where leaders from the 28 member states gather for crucial meetings.

The pedestrianised areas outside the Council’s Justus Lipsius building are completely locked down with external security checks in order to screen the thousands of visiting journalists and diplomats can gain access to the fringe of the meetings.

Denys Ryelandt, the vice-president of an association defending the rights of residents in Uccle, a residential district in the Brussels-Capital region, no longer visits the area.

He told Politico: “I never go there.

“Why would I go? Nobody lives there. It is a torrent of cars and offices.”

Alain Hutchinson, the Belgian federal state’s Brussels Commissioner for Europe, said: “The construction of the EU hub has been an urban planning trauma for many residents of Brussels.

«So I try to make this area and presence much more acceptable for the inhabitants of Brussels, who have remained skeptical of how much they benefit from it.»

EU news Place Jourdan

A recent annual report by Mr Hutchinson’s office said: «The European and international institutions should become more aware of the great potential of this city.

«The distance they maintain does not make the task easier for those who are working to develop closer links.»

The European Commission, the EU’s powerful executive body, provides jobs to around 32,000 civil servants, who are mostly based in Brussels.

The eurocrats are not without their frustrations at the local Brussels authorities, who have turned vast amounts of the city into constructions sites in a bout of improvement schemes.

The popular Place Jourdan, a popular destination for wining and dining EU employees, has been a building site for almost two years after the local authorities sanctioned the picturesque cobbled square to be ripped up and replaced.

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