Europe parliament partly closed over ceiling cracksEurope parliament partly closed over ceiling cracks
September 4, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
BRUSSELS--The European parliament building in Brussels has been partially closed following the discovery of cracks in beams over the plenary chamber, the parliament said Monday.
Cracks in three of 21 wooden beams were found during routine inspections but more work is needed to find the source of the problem, causing the administration to temporarily close part of the building, a statement said.
The parliament's next plenary is scheduled to take place from September 10 to 13 in its other home in the French city Strasbourg.
The partial closure "is a fantastic metaphor for the structural weaknesses of the EU," said British euroskeptic MEP Nigel Farage.