Toxic fumes sicken 20 at EU HQ, summit plans unchanged

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

EU Council's "Europa" building was evacuated after 13 people were taken ill due to noxious fumes in the kitchens, according to EU officials, after ambulances were seen outside the €321 million new home of the European Council, dubbed the "Egg" or "Space Egg". He said the symptoms included "sore eyes and vomiting".

"We continue to monitor closely the medical condition of the four contractual staff who remain under observation in hospital", the council said in a statement.

"A technical issue affecting the ventilation in the kitchens of the Europa building, producing noxious fumes in the kitchens, has led to a number of kitchen staff falling ill", said the statement.

The summit of 28 European Union leaders, which will have Brexit and the future of Europe on the menu, is scheduled for October 19-20.

The incident occurred at the Europa Building, which opened in January amid some controversy over its cost, just across from the European Commission headquarters.

"As a safety measure, and in consultation with the Belgian authorities, it was then chose to evacuate the staff in the building, the Council said, adding that an investigation aimed at finding out the exact cause of the incident was ongoing".

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