Toxic fumes cause evacuation of European Union building

Belgian rescue personnel arrive at The European Council in Brussels

Belgian rescue personnel arrive at The European Council in Brussels

"That caused fumes", Pierre Meys, a spokesman for Brussels emergency services, told AFP. It is not known whether any of the staff were hospitalised.

The fumes were released in the EU's new Europa building, which opened after several delays in January and is home to the European Council.

"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 press service said the European Summit scheduled to be held in the same building on 19-20 October next, will take place normally.

Belgian rescue personnel gather at The European Council in Brussels
Image week’s leadership summit will go ahead as planned

Staff from the Europa building were evacuated to the neighbouring Justus Lipsius building "applying the principle of safety first", the council added.

"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".

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.

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