|Address||French: Avenue de Cortenbergh 150|
Dutch: Kortenberglaan 150
1000 Brussels, Belgium
|Current tenants||Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) bodies of the Council of the European Union and European External Action Service|
The Kortenberg building is the office building of the European Union (EU) in Brussels, Belgium that houses most bodies related to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).
The postmodernist, L-shaped building was designed the architectural firm ARCHI + I, and is located at the corner of rue Le Titien. Towards avenue de Cortenbergh, eight floors, the last of which is set back; towards rue Le Titien, four floors surmounted by the glass roof of the auditorium. Windows with aluminum frames forming a glass base on the first two levels; then going up level by level in a staircase to reach the top of the building on the rue Le Titien side; the glass roof then describes a slope up to the height of the neighboring houses. The rest of the facades in red Indian granite: granite of the base and the blind bay towards rue Le Titien unpolished; disc patterns under the unpolished windows also. Entrance of modest size between two colossal stainless steel columns rising to the full height of the building and appearing to cross the granite blocks. Rear facade alternating bands of red and brown bricks.
The interior consists of modest offices around central corridors, and an indoor garden.
The building was constructed in 1977 for an insurance company.
This use of the building started after the establishment of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP), the CSDP's precursor, in the early 2000, under the auspices of High Representative Javier Solana, who stated on several accasions the need to build a 'strong in-house strategic culture'.
Most of the newly established European External Action Service (EEAS) has been situated in the Triangle building at the Schuman roundabout since 2012, however for security reasons CSDP departments were unable to move to this building 500m away.
Part of the European External Action Service (EEAS):
CSDP agencies outside the EEAS:
The MPCC, JSCC and CPCC together form the permanent military/civilian strategic level facilities in the EU command and control structure.
The EU command and control (C2) structure, as directed by political bodies which are composed of member states's representatives and generally require unanimous decisions, as of April 2019:
|Political strategic level:|
|ISS||EUCO Pres. (EUCO)||Chain of command|
|INTCEN||HR/VP (PMG)||HR/VP (PSC) (******)|
DGEUMS (***) (EUMS)
|Military/civilian strategic level:|
Dir MPCC (***) (MPCC)
|JSCC||Civ OpCdr CPCC(*)|
|MFCdr (****) (MFHQ)||HoM (*)|
|CC(**) Land||CC(**) Air||CC(**) Mar||Other CCs(**)|