EU Gets New Office Space in London

The luxury building whose prime executive office space once served as headquarters to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher now has some new tenants – the EU. Prime office space is not the only thing that 32 Smith Square has to offer its new occupants, however, with the building, located in the heart of Westminster, also coming equipped with both bullet and bomb proof windows.

Formerly the Conservative Central Office, the European Parliament and Commission purchased the prime piece of executive office space real estate for an astonishing twenty million pounds last year, and have spent a further five million pounds upgrading it to include luxurious recreational and office facilities for its reopening under its new identity of Europe House.

In addition to executive office space, the building also features a conference hall, exhibition space and facilities for the media, a dining room, canteen, lounge area and roof terrace designed for entertaining guests at evening parties.
The EU will fly its flag outside the building, while inside the lobby there will be information leaflets about the European Union and how it works. Some critics, however, are unimpressed with the revamped building, claiming that it amounts to little more than a place for the EU propaganda machine.

“The problem with the representations of the Commission and the European Parliament is that they tend to act more like lobbying groups defending the EU’s every policy, rather than as information points or, heaven forbid, actually listening to the legitimate concerns of the majority of British citizens, who feel EU integration has gone too far,” says Stephen Booth of Open Europe.

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