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The European Commission wants to give the area a more “symbolic” and “human” feel, European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas declared yesterday (5 March), announcing the winners of a competition to revitalise the quarter.

Rue de la Loi focus for new development

Centred on the Rue de la Loi, which runs from the Schuman roundabout – home to the EU executive’s Berlaymont headquarters – to the Belgian capital’s inner ring road, the revamp will see the construction of new offices, public spaces, shops and possibly a crèche for employees of the EU institutions.

The idea is to “regroup departments in bigger, more efficient buildings, ensuring a real mix of office blocks, shops and housing,” according to the EU executive, with the ultimate goal of “reducing the Commission’s overall environmental footprint,” providing “good connections to public transport” and contributing to the “beautification of the Rue de la Loi and its surroundings”.

The EU executive and Brussels Capital Region want to incorporate 400, 000 m² of Commission property on each side of the Rue de la Loi – thus moving 230, 000 m² of office space there. Currently, the EU executive occupies just 170,000 m² in the area covered by the competition.

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