Tour & Taxis is a unique place in Brussels. Located right in the heart of the Belgian capital, European Development Days comes for the second time to this flagship venue.
Built at the beginning of the 20th century and renovated in 2001, the Royal Depot – with its natural stone and brick walls – rises up majestically in front of the canal.
Once a piece of land waiting to be re-used, and boasting a glorious history, the Tour & Taxis site is now a real engine for development. The medal for conservation and redevelopment awarded by Europa Nostra in June 2008 recognises the quality of the renovation of the Royal Depot.
In February 2012, the Royal Depot obtained its first star of the ecodynamic charter. This label, founded by Brussels Environment, is an official recognition of a company’s efforts for the environment.
EDD13 is an invitation-only event and accreditations to EDD13 are managed by delegation with a pre-fixed quota. Please check that your organisation is on the ‘invited organisations list’.
Organised by the European Commission
Three spaces at Tour & Taxis will be rented for the needs of the eighth edition of the European Development Days. Available facilities will include auditoriums and lab rooms for debates, presentations and brainstorming sessions. For networking purposes, there will be meeting and bilateral rooms. There will also be an area dedicated to the press.
Three auditoriums, one with a capacity of 565 seats and two with a capacity of 300 seats each, will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology, interpretation booths, and an integrated interactive system – Wisembly – in order to foster interactive debates between panellists, the on-site and virtual audiences following discussions via live web-streaming.
Two brainstorming rooms, with a capacity of 40 seats each will be eqquiped with 4 tables and 10 chairs each in order to facilitate creative brainstorming sessions in small groups. A graphic moderator will be available to illustrate the content of discussions during the session. No interpretation will be provided during the brainstorming sessions.
Two roundtable rooms, with a capacity of 60 seats each, will be equipped with interpretation booths. They aim to provide a more intimate atmosphere to foster more direct and spontaneous exchanges on specific issues. Please check the venue map for the exact location.
Two Project rooms, with a capacity of 60 seats each, will be equipped with interpretation booths. They aim to provide a more intimate atmosphere to present succesful field projects and foster more direct and spontaneous exchanges on best practices and lessons learnt. Please check the venue map for the exact location.
One report room, with a capacity of 60 persons, will be equipped with interpretation booths. It aims to provide a more intimate atmosphere to foster more direct and spontaneous exchanges on evidence-based analysis and results. Please check the venue map for the exact location.
Two meeting rooms, with a capacity of 30 persons each, will be equipped with a screen and a projector. They aim to facilitate networking opportunities around closed meetings, presentations, breakfasts or lunches. Upon request and at one’s own expense, catering services can be booked in those rooms. Please check the venue map for the exact location.
Two bilateral rooms, with a capacity of 15 persons each, will aim to further facilitate networking opportunities and short meetings among forum participants. Please check the venue map for the exact location.
During the forum, the European Commission’s interpretation services (SCIC) will provide simultaneous interpretation in English and French in auditoriums and lab rooms, as well as the briefing room. Upon request, additional passive languages can be managed. For example, Spanish or German can be translated to English and French. Delegations cannot provide their own interpreter.
Participants may purchase lunch between 12:00 and 14:00 directly onsite. Water fountains will be available throughout the venue. Other refreshments and warm drinks will be available for purchase by participants in the public lounge.
Wireless Internet access will be made available to forum participants free-of-charge throughout the venue.
European Development Days aims to reach out to the wider development community that cannot attend the forum in person. The main sessions of the programme will be broadcast on the website via live web-streaming.