Issue 14 | Winter 2018
Firstly, allow me to express my very best wishes to all MEPs
and staff for 2019 and wish us all perseverance with the
challenging months ahead, both in terms of Brexit and in the
preparations to the forthcoming European elections.
As my term in office drew to an end, I would also like to express
heartfelt thanks to my fellow Quaestors for their support which has
enabled the realisation of my priorities.
I am also delighted to announce that, following feedback from the
readers, a new more user-friendly format for the popular Quaestors’
Quarterly will be available for the next edition.
Ergonomic analysis of the Chamber
a memory foam base and back which is perfectly
and meeting rooms in Strasbourg
integrated into the design of the seat. Trials will start
early in 2019, so hopefully you will notice an
Incident relating to inappropriate mail
distribution in Members’ mailboxes
Following the distribution of an inappropriate publication
At my request, an analysis was carried out in order to
in Members’ mailboxes and a subsequent complaint by
improve the ergonomics of the working environment
many Members, the
in the Chamber and meeting rooms in Strasbourg.
Parliament’s Chamber seats date from the
carried out an
construction of the Louise Weiss Building in the
investigation into the
1990’s. Their shape, functionality, weight and
incident, establishing that
manoeuvrability were determined by safety
the distribution had
regulations and are protected by intellectual property
actually been done by a
laws, but as any MEP will tell you they are really
difficult to use. Any measures taken to improve the
As a result of this incident, the Quaestors re-sent Notice
chairs’ manoeuvrability and comfort must take into
03/2015 which recalls the mail distribution rules and that
account the above-mentioned legal limitations, use
only documents related to parliamentary business can be
distributed in Members’ mailboxes. Members are invited
sustainable, easy-to-maintain materials and respect
to take note of these rules and also ensure that their
the general aesthetics and design considerations.
assistants and other people in their entourage comply
These requirements could be met by replacing the
with them. (See Notice 03/2015)
existing rolling system and adding
Digital promotion of Parliament’s
One of my priorities was to explore how to better promote Parliament’s important art collection
using innovative and digital technologies, in order to
render it more visible and bring it closer to the citizens.
Having examined various technologies available to
showcase Parliament’s art collection, the Quaestors have
chosen the “Immersive 360 Virtual experience” option.
This option works on all devices, uses open source
frameworks and standards, and could be implemented
rapidly, as it does not require any new hardware and will
be developed and managed in-house by Parliament’s
services, providing thus the best security assurances and
value for money. The application is expected to be
available to all citizens in the coming months.
News in brief
Refurbishment of the Members’ bar in Strasbourg
Following the 2017 extension to the Members’ Bar beside the Chamber in
Strasbourg, conversion work is needed in the old bar to reconfigure the
kitchen and storage area, increase capacity, and install phone charging
points, as in the new bar. The refurbishment will take 11 weeks and will be
carried out between parliamentary part-sessions.
Distribution of access cards to external participants at the Atrium
From 7 January 2019 all external participants at meetings, events and
exhibitions taking place in the European Parliament can receive their access
in the Atrium Welcome Point which can be reached from the
Esplanade Solidarność 1980 or from the rue d’Ardenne The use of the Welcome
Point will permit the distribution of access cards/stickers in a more welcoming
and safer environment and protected from any bad weather conditions (See
Electric scooters’ pilot project
To enhance Parliament’s sustainable mobility policy, a 4-month pilot project is
launched in Brussels to test the use of electric scooters for work-related
journeys between the EU institutions’ buildings and for travel between home
and work. Scooter users are required to scrupulously observe the highway
code; wear helmets and reflective jackets and also have civil liability insurance.
Use of scooters inside buildings is prohibited (See Notice (36/2018).
For further information
For further information on any of the articles in this
edition, please contact one of the Quaestors
responsible or the Secretariat at the following
Link to the website of the Quaestors
Issue 14 | Winter 2018