Includes the local time zone, typical hours of business and a list of holidays in the country/economy.
Last Published: 7/24/2017
The European Institutions generally follow the holidays of the EU member state in which they are located. During the month of August, most EU organizations are staffed with minimum personnel. 

For information on local holidays in the EU Member States, please see individual member state’s Country Commercial Guides. The following is a list of holidays observed by the European Commission in Belgium during calendar year 2017:

January 2Monday, New Year’s Day
April 13Maunday Thursday
April 14Good Friday
April 17Easter Monday
May 01Monday, Labor Day (observed)
May 25Thursday, Ascension Day
May 26Friday after Ascension Day
June 05Whit Monday
July 21Friday, National Day
November 01Wednesday, All Saints Day
December 24-316 end-of-year days

The U.S. Mission to the European Union is closed on most U.S. and Belgian holidays. For individual Member States’ local time and business hours, please refer to the EU Member States' Country Commercial Guides

Business travelers to the European Union seeking appointments with officials in the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, should contact the Commercial Service in advance. The Commercial Service at the U.S. Mission to the

European Union can be reached by telephone at +32-2 811-4817 or by e-mail at  Additional information on our office can be found on our website at U.S. Mission to the European Union . A current directory of staff and locations worldwide may be accessed on the Commercial Service website Staff directory and locations.


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