Traffic Chaos Looms in Brussels Next Week: European Summit, State Visit, and Farmer Protests

Brussels, April 12, 2024 – Brace yourselves, Brussels, for a week of traffic turmoil as the city prepares to host a confluence of significant events, including a special European Summit, a state visit by the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, and anticipated farmer protests.

State Visit of Luxembourg’s Royals:

Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa are set to embark on a two-day state visit to Belgium next week, commencing on April 16. 

The royal entourage’s itinerary includes stops in Ghent, Liège, and Brussels. However, the Belgian capital is gearing up for traffic disruptions on the 16th, 17th, and 18th as the royal couple’s movements will prompt road closures and traffic diversions. Specifically, areas around Warande Park, Palace Square, Rue Royale, and Rue Ducale are expected to experience heavy congestion.

European Summit:

Simultaneously, Brussels is bracing for the impact of a special European Summit scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. 

These high-level meetings, essential for shaping the future of the European Union, inevitably bring stringent security measures and traffic alterations. 

The Schuman perimeter will be sealed off at 11:00, and the Reyer Tunnel will be closed towards the city centre. 

While the Schuman metro station will remain operational, access to Rue Froissart, Rue Archimède, and the Schuman roundabout will be restricted from 07:00 on Wednesday until Thursday.

Farmer Protests:

Adding to the chaos, farmers are planning demonstrations in Brussels, predominantly on Tuesday. Though no tractors are expected, potential disruptions to traffic flow are anticipated. 

Despite assurances from law enforcement regarding limited disruptions, the mere presence of such protests warrants caution.

Navigating the Chaos:

In light of these impending disruptions, authorities are urging residents and visitors to plan their journeys meticulously. 

The City of Brussels/Ixelles police zone advises utilizing public transportation or bicycles, particularly in the affected areas. Furthermore, parking restrictions will be rigorously enforced, with vehicles in prohibited zones facing towing.

Precautionary Measures:

To mitigate inconveniences, the police are working diligently to minimize traffic disruptions. However, they stress the importance of public cooperation in adhering to traffic guidelines and avoiding restricted zones. 

Also, passengers are advised to stay updated via the STIB app or website on transport network changes.


As Brussels braces for a week of unprecedented activity, citizens and commuters are urged to exercise patience and flexibility. 

With the convergence of a European Summit, a royal state visit, and anticipated farmer protests, navigating the city’s streets will undoubtedly pose challenges. Yet, with prudent planning and cooperation, Brussels can weather this traffic storm and emerge resilient.


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