The European Extremely Large Telescope is a project of the European Southern Observatory to build and operate a 40-m
class optical near-infrared telescope. The telescope design effort is largely concluded and construction contracts are
being placed with industry and academic/research institutes for the various components. The siting of the telescope in
Northern Chile close to the Paranal site allows for an integrated operation of the facility providing significant economies.
The progress of the project in various areas is presented in this paper and references to other papers at this SPIE meeting