France “remains committed”, joins Expo 2020 postponement consensus

COFREX, which is tasked with France’s participation at the event, has confirmed that it will adapt to any change in the timeline

Construction of Expo 2020 Dubai’s 4,200m2 French Pavilion is 50% complete
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Construction of Expo 2020 Dubai’s 4,200m2 French Pavilion is 50% complete

The general commissioner of Expo 2020’s France Pavilion, Erik Linquier, took part in the Expo 2020 Dubai Steering Committee meeting of the College of Commissioners General, which comprised representatives from Expo 2020 Dubai, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), and approximately 30 participating countries including France.

When the Steering Committee explored the idea of postponing “the world’s greatest show” due to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), Linquier said that France was prepared to come to a consensus on the one-year postponement, as it would be a responsible way to protect public health and safety.

Officials from Expo 2020 Dubai have confirmed that a final decision on the year-long postponement will be made by the BIE’s Executive Committee and the General Assembly.

Article 28 of the BIE Convention stipulates that a change of dates requires a two-thirds majority vote from Member States of the organisation, Construction Week reported on 30 March.

COFREX (Compagnie Française des Expositions), which is tasked with managing France’s participation at the event, has confirmed that it will adapt to any change in the timeline.

Meanwhile, it will continue to build the France Pavilion in line with the UAE’s health and safety rules for construction sites in Dubai.

The construction of the $15.6m French Pavilion, which is located within the Mobility District of the 4.38km2 Expo 2020 Dubai site, is 50% complete, with work progressing on schedule for a September 2020 handover.

Linquier said: “We recognise the organisers, Expo 2020, and the UAE, for their quick response to the extraordinary circumstances everyone is facing. Bringing together all nations in one place to combine the innovations which unite us will be more vital than ever before once this pandemic is behind us.”

“We remain fully committed to playing our role in making the World Expo a memorable and unique event,” he concluded.

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