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Parliamentary questions
28 June 2017
Answer given by Mr Oettinger on behalf of the Commission

1. The rental contracts for the Brussels buildings usually do not foresee early termination clauses, as this allows obtaining better contractual conditions. In Luxembourg, lease contracts with private landlords usually do contain a termination clause, when the lessee is obliged to leave by virtue of a decision taken on the basis of Article 341 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)(1). Otherwise, both in Brussels and Luxembourg it is possible to transfer the lease to another EU body or agency without the Landlord's consent or to transfer the lease to third parties subject to the agreement of the lessor.

Eleven of the buildings hosting the Commission Representations are owned by the EU; in most cases, the rental contracts of the Representations in the Member States allow for early termination.

2,3. The rental contracts of the EU agencies are concluded between the agencies and the host states on a case by case basis in bilateral discussions. They vary therefore across agencies and over time. For more information on individual contracts, the Honourable Member may therefore wish to contact the agencies directly.

(1)Article 341 TFEU establishes that the seat of EU institutions shall be determined by agreement of the governments of the Member States.

Last updated: 4 July 2017Legal notice