NATO Secretary General welcomes next step towards new NATO Headquarters
I welcome the awarding, by the Belgian government, of the contract to build a new NATO Headquarters. When NATO moved into the current Headquarters in 1967, it had only 15 members; today, there are 28 Allies, with more countries aspiring to join.
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The new Headquarters, which is planned to be complete by 2015, will be of a sufficient size and flexibility for the new NATO. It will also use the latest environmental technologies, to be as sustainable and affordable as possible in its operation.
I thank Belgium for providing the land on which the new premises will be built, and for the professionalism with which it has managed this important project.