European Medicines Agency to Move to Amsterdam

Lawrence Kim
November 23, 2017

"This decision may rather reflect the existing hard relationships and weakened trust between the EU's old members and some Central European new member states as they seem to perceive the current and future EU in different ways", said Petr Ježek, a Czech MEP from the ANO party of billionaire Andrej Babiš that won the country's recent general election. In a survey, more than 80% of staff indicated that they were prepared to move to the new location, a big selling point with authorities. They must continue to function smoothly and without disruption beyond March 2019.

The final tally for Amsterdam follows an underlying current of horse-trading among diplomats, and though EMA staff had no say in the decision, Politico reported on Monday that applause broke out at the current London headquarters when the final three cities were announced. "Now that we finally know where our journey is taking us, we can take concrete actions for a successful move", said EMA Executive Director Guido Rasi. So we are start on the real process of seeing how the new environment will fit for each [individual].

The soon-to-be former home of the EMA in Canary Wharf, London.

The MHRA said in a statement that it was continuing to play "a full, active role in European regulatory procedures" and would carry on after the United Kingdom left the EU, with public health and safety, a priority.

"The citizens of the newer member states expected an opportunity to prove their readiness to host such an important agency as the EMA", he said, adding that the chance to make a decision based on geographical balance had "fallen through the floor".

At a political level, leaders in the EU27 will want to ensure that Europe doesn't fall behind in its medicines approval because of the EMA relocation and the wider Brexit process.

"Amsterdam ticks many of our boxes", he continued.

Sources familiar with the meeting of national ministers from the 27 European Union states other than Britain told Reuters Milan had been just two votes short of outright victory in a second round of voting for the EMA, securing 12 votes to nine for Amsterdam and five for Copenhagen, which was knocked out. Lille, Brussels, Copenhagen Stockholm, Dublin, Barcelona and Milan were among the other cities hoping to win the bid for the EMA.

"The choice for Amsterdam is therefore also good for the 500 million Europeans who benefit from the work of the European Economic Area".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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