*Update 18.07.2022: check out the training on dealing with pickpockets!* The Office for Infrastructure and Logistics in Brussels (OIB) recently informed three executive agencies: the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (Eismea), the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HADEA) and the European Research Executive Agency (REA) of its intention to move them from the Covent Garden building to the North Light building close to the Brussels-North train station. The staff committees in the agencies strongly oppose this move, citing both security and operational reasons. Press articles on the security problems in the area:
- BNP Paribas brings in bodyguards to protect staff at North station
- North Station security: mayors threaten to requisition federal police
Naturally, Generation 2004 is supporting our colleagues in the executive agencies in their action and we ask you to sign their petition.
We would also like to mention that one of the reasons to abolish the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) in Luxembourg was to move it closer to its “mother” DG. However, we note with surprise that geographical distance does not seem to matter after all.
It’s from 2016, but it’s still an interesting read: The spatial distribution of open-street CCTV in the Brussels-Capital Region
 Terminated 31.3.2021, Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/173. Please note that the Central Staff Committee Chafea working group now has until the end of 2022 to assist affected staff.