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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2674

Bernard Kouchner to inaugurate new Council of Europe building

Strasbourg, 16 April, ( Bernard Kouchner, French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, will officially inaugurate the Council of Europe's new general building at 1.15pm on Thursday 17 April, together with Lluís Maria de Puig, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis, Secretary General, Emil Kuchár, Chairman of the Ministers' Deputies, and Roland Ries, the Mayor of Strasbourg.

Mr Kouchner will unveil a plaque bearing the name of the new building: "Agora". The name was chosen by a Council of Europe staff vote from a list of three names suggested by Council employees. In ancient Greece, the agora was the square where democratic institutions stood.

The building was designed and built in compliance with High Environmental Quality (HEQ) targets. On 13 March 2008 it was voted best business building in the world at the MIPIM (market for property professionals) in Cannes. The jury particularly appreciated the building's architectural qualities and optimal use of office floor space. The Agora was created by the Art & Build company (Brussels) in partnership with the architects Denu et Paradon (Strasbourg).

The building houses almost 600 staff members working for three different Council of Europe directorates general - Human Rights and Legal Affairs, Social Cohesion, and Education, Culture, Heritage, Youth and Sport.

A press file giving further details, including technical data, will be available on the spot and via

The building will be open to the public as part of the European Heritage Days celebrations on 15 September 2008.

- Asian Tribune -

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