Includes the local time zone, typical hours of business and a list of holidays in the country/economy.
Last Published: 3/15/2017

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 2016: 

January 1

Friday, New Year’s Day

March 24

Maundy Thursday

March 25

Good Friday

March 28

Easter Monday

May 2

Monday, Labor Day (observed)

May 5

Thursday, Ascension Day

May 6

Friday after Ascension Day

May 16

Whit Monday

July 21

Thursday, Belgian National Holiday

November 1

Tuesday, All Souls’ Day

December 24-31

6 end-of-year days

The U.S. Mission to the European Union is closed on most U.S. and Belgian holidays. For local time and business hours, please refer to member state 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, fax at +32-2 811-5151,  e-mail at, or on our website at A current directory of staff and locations worldwide may be accessed on the Commercial Service website

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