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Severe flooding in Europe: Solidarity with Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg

Flags half-mast

It is with the deepest sadness that everyone at the EPO is
following the news of casualties and widespread destruction caused by severe
flooding in parts of western Europe in recent days.

As a sign of solidarity and out of respect for the victims
of the floods, the flag of the European Patent Organisation is flying at
half-mast at all EPO buildings today. To coincide with the national day of
mourning in Belgium, the Belgian flag is flying at half-mast in The Hague and
Munich. We intend to mark subsequent days of mourning with similar
gestures of solidarity and respect, and continue to align our measures with the
decisions of our member states and other international organisations.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families at this
difficult time.