During its first years of activity, the European Parliament held its plenary sittings in different locations, made available by other Institutions or by the hosting countries.
It was only in 1973, with the construction of the Schuman building in Luxembourg, that the European Parliament decided to equip its premises with a hemicycle for its meetings.
Located on the first floor of the building, the big rectangular room (28 x 20 metres) was designed specifically to host the plenary sittings of the European Parliament, which at the time comprised 142 people. The room was subsequently enlarged following the accession of the United Kingdom, Denmark and Ireland in 1973.
The hemicycle is still in use, and can accommodate up to 208 persons. It has interpretation rooms for 8 different languages, and on the upper floor, the gallery and press room can host up to 200 people.
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