ECONOMY: DRAGHI UNVEILS NEW EBC HEADQUARTERS IN FRANKFURT AM MAIN

(Sir Europe – Brussels) – "The new headquarters of the ECB are a modern building for a modern central bank": this was said by Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, who will be unveiling the new headquarters in Frankfurt Am Main at 11.00 am today. A futuristic building with two communicating towers, 185 metres high, which cost 1.2 billion euros and which for a few months have already been home to the nearly 3 thousand employees of the euro-zone’s central institute. There is a protest march in Frankfurt today, rallying against the ECB itself, the Troika and the austerity policy; a few accidents have happened with the police. Vítor Constâncio, deputy president of the ECB, in charge of the building project, stated on the website of the financial institute: "It’s been a great pleasure for me to have been entrusted with the task of closely monitoring the building project, the result of the contribution of so many people over these years. All of them have worked really hard to complete the building in such a short time". Started in 2002, the first stone of the project was laid 5 years ago. The office towers stand on a disused area of 120 thousand square metres, formerly home to the Grossmarkthalle, the old wholesale market hall of the German city. Frankfurt’s old ECB HQ will be used by the new employees, about one thousand of them, who will be watching over the European banking system. ” “

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