Topping out ceremony

On 20 September 2012 the ECB held a topping out ceremony to celebrate the completion of the main structural works for its new premises on the site of the Grossmarkthalle – the former wholesale market hall in Frankfurt am Main.

After a welcome address from Mr Asmussen, speeches were given by Peter Feldmann, Lord Mayor of the City of Frankfurt am Main, and Klaus Pöllath, Member of the Board of Directors of Ed. Züblin AG, the company responsible for the main structural works. Members of the Executive Board, the Governing Council and the General Council of the ECB, placed the flags of all 27 EU Member States and the flag of the European Union in the topping out wreath. The ceremony concluded with the raising of the topping out wreath and a traditional topping out toast by the construction foreman for the high-rise.

Speeches presented at the ceremony

  • Welcome address by Jörg Asmussen, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB
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  • Speech by Peter Feldmann, Lord Mayor of the City of Frankfurt am Main,
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  • Speech by Klaus Pöllath, Member of the Board of Directors of Ed. Züblin AG,
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