Jean Monnet Bâtiment

Staff from asbestos office relocated by May 2016

Kirchberg

The Jean Monnet building in Kirchberg which will be razed in 2016
The Jean Monnet building in Kirchberg which will be razed in 2016
Photo: Anouk Antony

(ML/JB) By May 2016, all 1,600 EU staff from the Jean Monnet Building in which asbestos has been found will have been relocated to new offices.

In addition to the 500 staff who relocated from the Kirchberg building to the Arian and Laccolith buildings in the Cloche d'Or south of the capital in October, a further 600 will follow this year.

In May 2016, the remaining 500 employees are expected to move into a prefabricated building in Kirchberg, which will be provided by the Luxembourg government.

The move comes after the Jean Monnet building was found to be contaminated with asbestos. The building will soon be demolished.

The cost of the relocation has been estimated at 194 million euros, which is to be shared between the Luxembourg government and European Commission. Construction on a Jean Monnet Bâtiment II is expected to begin in 2016 to be operational by 2020.

The current complex was built in the 1970s and was only planned to be used for 25 years. A report published in January last year revealed traces of asbestos in the air.

Already, four people have been diagnosed with illnesses consistent with asbestos exposure. Another case is under review.

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