The building is in a prime location, just a stone’s throw away from the European institutions and with excellent public transport links. The Brussels regional news platform Bruzz reports that talks between the Embassy and the Brussels regional authorities about a move to the ING building have resulted in the Brussels-Capital Region granting provisional approval for the move. This has been confirmed by the office of the Brussels regional secretary of state with responsibility for planning Pascal Smet (Flemish socialist).
Mr Smet’s spokesman Damiaan De Jonge told Bruzz that "A project meeting has been held involving all the stakeholders. The regional and muncipal authorities and the embassy were largely in agreement. The conclusion was generally positive”.
During the next for months it will be up to the US Embassy to work further on its plans for the proposed move. A more detailed plan will be discussed at a further meeting. For the time being at least the US Embassy is not offering any comment the subject of an eventual move to Etterbeek. ING plans to have vacated the building by early next year.
The US Embassy in Brussels has been at its current location on the Regentlaan since the 1940s.