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The Hague, 30 June 2011 -- At its regular June meeting held in The Hague, the Administrative Council (AC) of the European Patent Organisation endorsed a proposal from the President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoît Battistelli, to erect a new building next to its existing premises in the Plaspoelpolder at Rijswijk.
The old tower building will be demolished once work on the new building has been completed. A decision on the future of the EPO buildings in The Hague had become necessary because of a massive and visible deterioration in the tower's fabric during the harsh winter of 2009-2010. The deterioration came on top of the natural ageing of a building erected almost 40 years ago.
The cost of erecting the new building is currently estimated at some 250 million euros. Of the various scenarios envisaged, the chosen proposal proved to be the most economical, whilst guaranteeing a long-term solution to the EPO's accommodation requirements in the Netherlands.
The AC mandated the EPO President to prepare and launch an international tender procedure for the award of a "design and construct" contract.
With roughly 4 000 staff at its headquarters in Munich and 3 000 in The Hague, the EPO is the largest international organisation in the Netherlands and the second largest in Europe. It also has smaller offices in Berlin, Vienna and Brussels.
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