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Relocation of the European Medicines Agency – France shows EMA its smooth moves

29 June 2017

The bids to host the EMA are in. You can find the bid documents and videos here. In case you missed it, you can read our own pitches written by our colleagues across Europe here.

By Cécile Derycke and Charles-Henri Caron

With Brexit under way, the European Medicines Agency is looking for a new home. France revealed itself as a serious contender when it considered offering not just one hosting place for the Agency, but five! Up until recently, the cities of Strasbourg (in the east), Lille (in the north), Lyon (in central France), Montpellier (in the south) and the Ile-de-France region (suburban Paris) had expressed their willingness to welcome the EMA. The EMA would have had a tough time choosing between such beautiful and different regions. Not to worry! The French government has taken the matter into its own hands and it is Lille that officially represents France and offers EMA a smooth move. Close to London, the same type of weather (i.e. easy adjustment) and warm people to welcome the EMA staff - what could be better? But obviously, this is not France's only argument; it still has several more up its sleeve. 

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare
Jurisdictions: France

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Relocation of the EU Medicines Agency – Spain

2 June 2017

By Álvaro Abad

"Spain is waiting for the EMA.  Barcelona is ready".  With this conviction, and with the conviction that everything is ready, the Spanish Minister for Health addressed the European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety, Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis, to express the desire of the Spanish Government – and, in particular, the Catalonia Government and the city of Barcelona – to become the next headquarters of the EMA.

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare
Jurisdictions: Spain

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Relocation of the EU Medicines Agency – Germany

8 May 2017

By Dr. Tanja Eisenblaetter

"EMA" and "gErMAny" – far more in common than mere letters

The European Medicines Agency (the "EMA"/"Agency") has reached celebrity-style status in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, and is being wooed by most European countries.  Whilst there are plausible arguments for a relocation of the EMA to any one of those wonderful European countries with delicious food, I wish – all prejudices against German food aside and I won’t mention Bratwurst – to point out some germane facts. gErMAny's bond with the EMA is already close – and not merely because it is in our name.  Each of the letters we share actually stands for a compelling reason for the Agency to relocate to Germany:

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare
Jurisdictions: Germany

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Relocation of the EU Medicines Agency – Ireland Island of Saints and Scholars

28 April 2017

By Elisabethann Wright

The EMA is looking for a new home. In this blog post partner Elisabethann Wright argues the case for Ireland.

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare

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Relocation of the EU Medicines Agency - The Netherlands: Tulips & EMA, a Gouda combination

1 March 2017

By Silvia Gardini and Hein Van den Bos

The EMA is looking for a new home. According to the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports' formal bid, this home is where the heart of the Netherlands is. It might not have the food, weather or mountains Italy has to offer, as argued by our colleague Riccardo Fruscalzo in his blog post. Actually it has no mountains. But, here are five reasons why the Netherlands should be the EMA's host country of choice. 

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare
Jurisdictions: The Netherlands