A Cracking Parliament

Earlier this week I reported to you on the closure of several parts in the European Parliament building in Brussels, due to the discovery of cracks in the ceiling of the plenary chamber.

Ahead of the Strasbourg session next week, I would like to share with you insights from our working conditions in the European Parliament building in Strasbourg.

As a reminder, the Louise Weiss building (the main building of the Parliament) was inaugurated on 14 December, 1999.
On 7 August 2008, 10% of the ceiling of the plenary chamber collapsed. Thankfully we had no meeting at the time thus no one was injured as a result.

Just to remind you readers, we use this building only 60 days a year during the twelve monthly plenary sessions. The yearly costs of maintenance exceeded 13m EUR in 2010. Under these conditions, one should be able to expect to working in a refurbished and safe environment.

The pictures below point out to other hazards in the building affecting the work of Members, staff and visitors, entering the European Parliament.

Painting a problem does not make it go away….

Greetings from the European Parliament,

Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg

Cracks on the wallsProtection nets over the ceiling

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