The European neutrino community has early on recognized the importance of this science and has been supported by the European Commission to prepare the new experiment with two Framework Programme 7 (FP7) design studies. The consortium has successfully concluded its design phase, including a detailed engineering study of large liquid Argon (LAr) TPC detectors in the Pyhäsalmi (Finland) site. The consortium is now active in the construction of a large demonstrator LBNO-DEMO.