NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization

16 Dec. 2010

Work starts on new NATO Headquarters

On 16 December 2010, the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen joined the Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme and the Belgian Defense Minister Pieter de Crem on the site of the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels to attend a ground-breaking ceremony.

The project will deliver new, more efficient and environmentally sustainable office and conference space for Allies and NATO staffs by 2015. Allies expect this important infrastructure project to accompany the reform of the Alliance they have mandated the Secretary General to pursue.

"A modern NATO needs a modern building," Mr Rasmussen said. "A new headquarters building is essential for NATO to meet the demands of a rapidly changing security environment. Our Headquarters project will serve as a further driver for change."

He also offered thanks to the national and local Belgian authorities for providing the land for NATO's new premises and for hosting NATO Headquarters since 1967. The building of the new Headquarters is making a clear statement, the Secretary General said: "In an unpredictable world, NATO is here to stay. And NATO will stay here in Brussels."

Last updated: 16-Dec-2010 17:55

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New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Centre: Pieter De Crem (Minister of Defence, Belgium) with members of the Belgian Delegation 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Left : Arrival of Yves Leterme, Prime Minister of Belgium 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Centre : arrival of Pieter De Crem (Minister of Defence, Belgium) 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Left to right: arrival of Pieter De Crem (Minister of Defence, Belgium) with Yves Leterme (Prime Minister of Belgium) 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Left to right: Yves Leterme (Prime Minister of Belgium) with Pieter De Crem (Minister of Defence, Belgium) wait for the arrival of the NATO Secretary General. 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Left to right: NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is greeted Pieter De Crem (Minister of Defence,Belgium) 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Left to right: NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is greeted Yves Leterme (Prime Minister of Belgium) 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Opening remarks by NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Opening remarks by NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Speech by Yves Leterme, Prime Minister of Belgium 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Speech by Yves Leterme, Prime Minister of Belgium 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Speech by Yves Leterme, Prime Minister of Belgium 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Left to right: Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola (Chairman of the NATO Military Committee), NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Yves Leterme (Prime MInister of Belgium) 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Speech by Pieter De Crem (Minister of Defence, Belgium) 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Speech by Pieter De Crem (Minister of Defence, Belgium) 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Speech by Pieter De Crem (Minister of Defence, Belgium) 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Left to right: NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussenand Yves Leterme (Prime Minister of belgium) unveil a commemorative plaque 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Far left: Pieter De Crem (Minister of Defence, Belgium) Centre and right: NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen shakes hands with Belgian Prime Minister, Yves Leterme following the unveiling of the commemorative plaque 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Left to right: Pieter De Crem (Minister of Defence, Belgium) and NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Left to right: Pieter De Crem (Minister of Defence, Belgium) and NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Left to right: Pieter De Crem (Minister of Defence, Belgium) with NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Yves Leterme (Prime Minister of Belgium) in front of the commemorative plaques 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Commemorative plaque that was unveiled today on the site of the new NATO Headquarters 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Left to right: NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen bids farewell to Pieter De Crem (Minister of Defence, Belgium) 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Commemorative plaque that was unveiled today on the site of the new NATO Headquarters 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Commemorative plaque that was unveiled today on the site of the new NATO Headquarters 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Site of the new NATO Headquarters 
New NATO Headquarters Ground-Breaking Ceremony 16. Dec. 2010 Left to right: Pieter De Crem (Minister of Defence, Belgium) and Yves Leterme (Prime Minister of Belgium) take questions from the press following the ceremony