Cheong Wa Dae will form a committee by the end of the year that will take charge of carrying out President Moon Jae-in's campaign promise to relocate the presidential office, his spokesman said Thursday.
During the campaign, Moon pledged to move the presidential office to the government complex in downtown Seoul, saying the secluded presidential compound prevents the leader from mingling with the people and the relocation is needed to maintain close communication with the public.
Early this year, Moon appointed Yoo Hong-joon, a former head of the Cultural Heritage Administration, as an advisor to the relocation project.
On Thursday, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said that Yoo is expected to be chief of the envisioned committee that will be comprised of some 15-16 members, about half of them government officials and the other half civilian experts.
The committee is expected to be formed near the end of the year, as it takes time to carry out necessary administrative procedures, such as passing a presidential decree and setting up a support team of working-level officials.
"After its launch, the committee will make decisions on whether the office of the president should be relocated and if so, how it will be relocated, and report them to the president," the spokesman said. "The president will review the report and take follow-up measures."
Source: Yonhap News Agency