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Renovation of the Berlaymont Building

   Fri 01/06/2001

According to recent editions of Belgian newspapers (for example "De Standaard" of 23/24 April 2001), Mr Daems, Belgian Minister for Public Works, has decided to instruct Tractebel to support Berlaymont 2000, to the tune of BEF 1 billion, so that the renovation of the Berlaymont Building may be put back on track. The press reports and the statement made in the Belgian Senate lead us to believe that this cost overrun is a result of mismanagement by Berlaymont 2000.

Is the amount involved to be added to the renovation costs, and will the Commission have to pay it?

In other words, will the European taxpayer have to foot the bill for the professional shortcomings of Berlaymont 2000?

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