18 August 2017
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The Management and staff of the European Patent Office are deeply shocked and saddened by news of the horrific attacks which took place in Barcelona and Cambrils.
As an international organisation, the European Patent Office strongly condemns this appalling act of hatred, which has taken so many lives. It believes in an open and inclusive society based on the fundamental principles of freedom, equality, justice and tolerance. We are convinced that the attacks will never be able to destroy these principles.
We stand in solidarity with the people of Spain and our heartfelt sympathy goes to the victims, their families, relatives and friends. As a symbol of our solidarity with Spain and the Spanish people, and out of respect for the victims, the flags in front of our buildings are flying at half-mast.