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Asbestos found in European commission building

04.07.2014 From our online archive
Asbestos has been discovered in the Jean Monnet building in Kirchberg . According to newspaper Le Quotidien, two people have already fallen ill caused by the hazardous material.

(AnB/ml) Asbestos has been discovered in the Jean Monnet building in Kirchberg . According to newspaper Le Quotidien, two people have already fallen ill caused by the hazardous material.

Asbestos fibres can accumulate in within the respiratory tract and, in some cases, provoke lung cancer.

The material was banned in 1989, but it has been discovered in various places, such as false ceilings, fire doors and floor tiles around the Jean Monnet construction.

The building, that opened in 1975, was meant to be in use for 25 years, however it does not fulfil today's safety standards. Although its lease expires at the end of this year, the new building construction has been slow, in fact it has not even started yet. According to Le Quotidien, the new location will be only be ready in 2022 at the earliest.

For the 1,500 European commission employees working in the dangerous and outdated building, an alternative must be rapidly found.

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