Prodi and Verhofstadt present ideas for Brussels as capital of Europe
The President of the Commission, Mr Romano Prodi, and the Belgian Prime Minister, Mr Guy Verhofstadt, have presented their ideas on the role of Brussels as capital of Europe.
The report 'Brussels Capital of Europe', written by an
invited group of intellectuals, summarises the main ideas and
proposals on the expectations, needs and functions of Brussels as
capital of Europe. The results aim to contribute to and inspire
future decision-making. Following the outcome of the report, Prime
Minister Verhofstadt is now "considering to launch a study in order
to develop a global urbanisation concept for this European district
with a view to integrate it into the city of Brussels and, at the
same time, make it a powerful symbol of European openness and
The report is an outcome of a project to
generate ideas on the role of Brussels as Capital of Europe. In
(December 2000) it was decided that
such a role needed to be strengthened. To come to its outcome, two
brainstorming meetings with high level experts were held during
2001. The first session, held in May 2001, concluded that, unlike
the capital of a nation state, Brussels' function is not to reflect
a single identity, but Europe's diversity. The second session, held
in September 2001, considered what 'Brussels Capital of Europe'
could mean for the city itself.