European Commission eyes former PwC offices
European Commission staff located at the soon-to-be-defunct Jean Monnet building in Kirchberg are likely to be moved to the Cloche d'Or, sources suggest.
The 1,600 staff were expected to be rehoused in a replacement building to open in 2022. However, the move was pushed forward following maintenance issues and after asbestos was found at the 40-year-old building.
Despite the urgency, no new site has been confirmed since the issues were first raised in July last year.
But, it looks likely that some staff will be relocated to the Cloche d'Or, south of Luxembourg city, where more than a thousand people from the European Commission already work across three buildings at the Drosbach complex.
It is expected some teams from Jean Monnet could be relocated to the former PwC building and in two other buildings around it.
Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn is to meet the Commissioner in Charge Krystalina Georgieva, early in February to discuss the matter further. If the Cloche d'Or is accepted, it is likely staff will move this year until replacement building, Jean Monnet 2, opens. The first phase of the latter is expected to open its doors in 2019.
Translated from an article by Dominique Nauroy
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