In the morning of the second day in Brussels we went to the House of European History, a museum dedicated to the social history of the continent from ancient times to present day.
Before lunch we got to visit the European Commission at the Berlaymont building. We met with Alice Brokelind, the Policy assistant to the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson. We discussed their day-to-day assignments, challenges and how it is to work and live in Brussels.
After lunch we took a walk in a sunny Brussels and stopped by the awe-inspiring Cinquantenaire Park before heading to the European Peacebuilding Liasion Office, a network of NGO’s committed to peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict. We got to sit down with Assistant Director Ben Moore and talked about how it is to work for them and the various trials and triumphs of trying to influence policy-makers in all regions of the world.
We finished the day by eating some traditional belgian dishes at the restaurant Le Coin de l’Ecailler in central Brussels, before some final sight-seeing around the city centre!
Written by: Gustaf Stövling
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