CW Expo Reaction | Luxembourg's Maggy Nagel on the Expo 2020 delay

EXCLUSIVE: The Luxembourg pavilion's commissioner-general talks about the World Expo's delay, construction at the site, and more!

Expo 2020 Dubai has officially revealed a year-long postponement to the World Expo, which will now run from 1 October, 2021 to 31 March, 2022.

The change in dates was announced after a two-thirds majority of the Bureau International des Expositions’ (BIE) member states voted in favour of postponing the World Expo by a year. While the vote remains open until 29 May, the two-thirds threshold was surpassed within a week of the voting opening on 24 April.

Construction Week has been talking to experts within the industry as well as officials spearheading the participation of various countries at the World Expo about their perspective on the postponement, and how it affects their plans for Expo 2020, which has chosen to retain its name despite the year-long postponement to 2021.

In the second episode of Construction Week's YouTube series — Expo Reaction — the commissioner-general of Luxembourg at Expo 2020 Dubai, and the former Minister of Housing and Minister of Culture for Luxembourg, Maggy Nagel, spoke exclusively to CW about Luxembourg's involvement in the postponement decision; ongoing construction of the country's pavilion; as well as what visitors can expect when they visit the pavilion.

"The proposal to postpone Expo 2020 Dubai, I think, is a very wise decision", Nagel says.

"Having the world's greatest show at a time when humanity has overcome the hardest path is, for sure, the best option we can imagine right now," she adds.

Commenting on the ongoing construction of the country's pavilion at the Expo 2020 site, Nagel says, "Construction is now progressing at a slower pace because we are respecting a series of precautionary measures to contain the spread of the virus."

For more details about the conversation with the commissioner-general, watch the video on Construction Week’s YouTube channel.

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