European Union summit site to re-open Monday after noxious fume scare

Toxic kitchen fumes sicken 15 in EU summit building

Toxic kitchen fumes sicken 15 in EU summit building

The building, known informally as the "Space Egg", was opened last December and was estimated to have cost more than €300 million.

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

The emergency services were called and were seen outside the building following the incident. He said the symptoms included "sore eyes and vomiting". Nine people were hospitalised and five were later released.

"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 fire brigade evacuated the building moving people to the interconnected Justus Lipsius building, the older home of EU summits, "applying the principle of safety first" according to the European Council statement.

"We expect to re-open the Europa building on Monday".

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

The Council of the European Union said later in the day that all systems had been cleaned and a crunch summit next Thursday and Friday with British Prime Minister Theresa May would go ahead as planned.

Designed by Belgian architect Philippe Samyn, it features a curved glass lantern-shaped structure inside a giant cube made of 3,750 recycled window frames sourced from across the 28-nation bloc.