7 days after the incident of the roof falling down in the Strasbourg chamber (see my post here), Parliament’s secretary general informs members about the incident. – It is also worth noting that you do not find any comment/information about the accident on the press pages of the Parliament as Eubloggen points out.
From: ROMER Harald
Sent: Thu 8/14/2008 10:59
To: MEP & ASSISTANTS
Subject: Partial collapse of the ceiling in the Hemicycle in Strasbourg – Effondrement partiel du plafond de l’Hémicycle à Strasbourg
Communication to the Members:
Partial collapse of the ceiling in the Hemicycle in Strasbourg
Last Thursday evening, 7 August 2008, a part of the ceiling (less than 10 % of the total surface area of the ceiling) of the Hemicycle in Strasbourg collapsed causing serious material damage to the Hemicycle, with construction material falling down to the Hemicycle. Fortunately, the incident caused no human damage.
Following an immediate closure of the whole area surrounding the Hemicycle, the responsible services of Parliament’s administration, in close co-operation with the local authorities and a number of external experts, started an urgent evaluation of the situation.
I have instructed the services to take all necessary measures to make the Hemicycle ready and available for the session at the beginning of September, naturally under the absolute condition that the security and safety as well as the technical functioning of the whole Hemicycle can be guaranteed. The necessary repair works of the Hemicycle ceiling have already started.
At this stage, the reasons for the collapse are not yet known. An external study is currently being conducted with a view to establishing the cause of the incident.
I shall keep you informed of all developments of this matter the earliest possible. As you can understand, the objective is to maintain the September I plenary session in Strasbourg as foreseen, of course under the strict condition that the security and safety and the technical functioning of the Hemicycle is assured.
(Picture taken from EP website)