Important news: Expo 2020 organizers and steering committee participants explore postponement of the event by one year given COVID-19 impact worldwide.
Today the Steering Committee has advised the BIE to investigate a postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai by 1 year. Our Commissioner-General, Patrick Vercauteren Drubbel, has provided the following reaction: "We welcome this decision at a time when Belgium and the whole world are concentrating on different matters. Above all, we desire the prospect of welcoming visitors from the four corners of the world to the Belgian pavilion in a safe environment, one we will be able to provide post-Corona. While this postponement presents us with challenges, we will be ready in 6 as well as 18 months.”
In conclusion, the Committee collectively agreed to explore with the BIE, the World Expo governing body, the possibility of a one year delay to the opening of Expo 2020. The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), will now work with its Member States and Expo 2020 Dubai organizers to establish a change in dates. A final decision on postponement can only 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. After consultations with the BIE, participating countries, other stakeholders and the United Arab Emirates propose that Expo 2020 Dubai will take place from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.
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