Stras­bourg: a Euro­pean cap­i­tal

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The de­ci­sion to make Stras­bourg the leg­isla­tive and demo­cratic cap­i­tal of the Euro­pean Union af­ter the Sec­ond World War has sym­bolic im­por­tance. Stras­bourg’s strate­gic po­si­tion in Al­sace-Lor­raine, a ter­ri­tory fought over by the Ger­man and French through­out the cen­turies, today makes it the sym­bol of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween the peo­ples and of the fu­ture of Europe.

Stras­bourg is home to the fol­low­ing Euro­pean in­sti­tu­tions:

Lieu d’Europe

A place of ed­u­ca­tion in Euro­pean ci­ti­zen­ship which is open to all. Its aim is to in­form the pub­lic about the Euro­pean in­sti­tu­tions, the his­tory of Europe and strengthen a feel­ing of be­long­ing to the Euro­pean val­ues.

The Coun­cil of Europe

Founded in 1949, the Coun­cil of Europe brings to­gether all of the democ­ra­cies of the ‘old con­ti­nent’ – cur­rently 47 mem­ber states rep­re­sent­ing a com­bined pop­u­la­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 800m. Its pri­or­i­ties are the pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights but also so­cial af­fairs, ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture and the en­vi­ron­ment.

The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment

Its 751-seat de­bat­ing cham­ber for the MEPs, com­pleted in 1999, hosts the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment’s monthly ses­sions.

The Hu­man Rights Build­ing

The Hu­man Rights Build­ing was opened in 1995 and houses the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights.

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