Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer commented: “This is a huge success. In recent months we have really fought hard for Bonn as the new location for the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. Up to the last second it was highly exciting. But the effort has been worth it: From now on, we in Bonn will be able to jointly advance weather and climate research in Europe at the highest level”.
Armin Laschet, Minister President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia stated: “The effort has been worthwhile. The decision of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts to locate in Bonn is a decision in favor of Europe, of excellence and networking. North Rhine-Westphalia offers the ECMWF and its staff excellent working and living conditions in the heart of Europe with exceptional conditions in the fields of science, research and sustainability. Once again, the City of Bonn has proven itself to be a top international location and science center – the joint promotion of the city, state and federal government has paid off”.
Mayor Katja Dörner added: “I am delighted with the decision to locate the ECMWF in Bonn and would like to thank both the Federal Government and the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia most sincerely for their outstanding commitment. The success of the German application shows that Bonn is highly attractive worldwide as an international UN and science location. The ECMWF is an important building block in further strengthening our international profile. Already today, I would like to warmly welcome the staff of the ECMWF to Bonn!
The ECMWF is a scientific world leader in global numerical weather forecasting and climatology and a central component of the European infrastructure in the field of weather forecasting and climate research. It is currently headquartered in the UK and needs an additional office in the EU due to the impending Brexit. The new location will be used to carry out the tasks that the ECMWF will take on within the framework of the EU Earth Observation Programme “Copernicus” and, in the future, within the framework of the DEU Digital Strategy (“Destination Earth”): both are essential programmes for observation and adaptation to climate change, which are also extensively supported by Germany nationally in terms of content and funding.
Bonn has managed to succeed in competition with eight high-quality offers from our European neighbors. The city offers all the prerequisites for the ECMWF: a central location in Europe with an excellent infrastructure, very good living conditions for ECMWF staff and their families and, above all, extensive opportunities for cooperation as a UN and science location with a strong focus on climate and environmental issues.
The German offer, which will now be implemented in Bonn starting in 2021, includes an attractive new campus for the ECMWF in Bonn. The campus will be built on federal property in Bad Godesberg-Nord at Ludwig-Erhard-Allee near the BMU and will include an office building, a conference building and a staff restaurant. Already in the first half of 2021, the first employees of the ECMWF will move to Bonn to an interim location at the BMU. The relocation should then be completed in the second half of 2023.
In the application process, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) worked closely with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Homeland Affairs, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, the Federal Agency for Real Estate, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the City of Bonn.
More information on the ECMWF is available at: www.ecmwf.int