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European Council building in poison alert

13 Octobre 2017

Twenty people were taken ill due to noxious fumes in the kitchens of the EU´s new Europa building in Brussels on Friday but officials insisted a summit of the bloc´s leaders at the venue next week will go ahead as planned.

Substances used in the building's canteen, and which were not immediately identified, caused the poisonings, whose symptoms are vomiting and tingling in the eyes, said Pierre Meys, spokesman of the Brussels Fire Service.

"There was a bad mix of chemical products on the kitchen level".

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

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"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.

Fifteen persons were poisoned on Friday morning in the European Council's Justus Lipsius building.

As for next week's summit, the EU Council said in a statement that the summit on Brexit and the future of Europe will take place according to schedule.

It was quickly nicknamed the "Space Egg" because of its unique design - an ovular lantern-shaped structure inside a cube made of recycled window frames from countries across the European Union.

European Council building in poison alert