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Laying of the 1st stone of the Convention Center

On Thursday, 7 April, the 1st stone of the future Convention Center was laid. This symbolic gesture officially launches the construction of the building. Since it enables anybody to enjoy unlimited access with a partner!
Manuel Valls, Prime Minister, laid the foundation stone. This event was followed by an official ceremony organized in the Studio of the Pompidou-Metz Center. 
The different project players made a speech : Jean-Michel Wimotte, project architect, Benoit de Ruffray, CEO of the Eiffage Group, Philippe Guillaume, President of the Moselle Chamber of Commerce, Dominique Gros, Mayor of Metz, Jean-Luc Bohl, President of Metz Métropole, Philippe Richert, President of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardennes-Lorraine region, and Manuel Valls, Prime Minister, all orchestrated by Thierry Jean, CEO of M3Congrès.

From left to right : Thierry Jean, CEO of M3Congrès, Manuel Valls, Prime Minister, Jean-Luc Bohl, President of Metz
Métropole and Dominique Gros, Mayor of Metz, during the laying of the 1st stone.
© Philippe Gisselbrecht / City of Metz

This ceremony was also the occasion to reveal the name chosen for the edifice. It will be "Metz Congress Robert Schuman". A symbolic choice that recalls the strategic and European geographical location of Metz, at the gates of Luxembourg, Germany and Belgium. The choice of the name of the founder of Europe, born in Luxembourg and deceased in Scy-Chazelles, whose house is one of the region's unmissable tourist attractions, will enable the Center to spread throughout the Greater Region. 

With a surface area of ​​15,300 m2, the Convention Center will stand for a real bond between the Amphitheater District, the visitor center of the new development of Metz Métropole, and the historic center of the city. Its goal is to complement the messine offer in business tourism and to strenghten the economic attractiveness of the city and its agglomeration. 
 


From left to right : Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture, President of the Moselle Chamber of Commerce, Dominique Gros, Mayor of Metz, Manuel Valls, Prime Minister, Thierry Jean, CEO of M3Congrès, Jean-Luc Bohl, President of Metz Métropole, Benoit de Ruffray, CEO of the Eiffage Group, and Philippe Richert, President of the Alsace - Champagne Ardennes - Lorraine Region.

Calendar reminder :
- From February to Decembre 2016 : foundations, structural works, framework, roofing ;
- 2017 : facades, interior fittings ;
- 2018 : building commissioning for an opening in September.