4 August 2017
By Dr. Tanja Eisenblätter
The bids to host the EMA are in! We have reviewed all of them and give you our personal impressions on what to expect.
After the EMA has announced the development of a business continuity plan to deal with the workload implications that are accompanied by Brexit and the Agency's relocation, the most important question is still unanswered. EMA, where will you call home? As part of the selection procedure, starting now, nineteen cities submitted their pitches for hosting the EMA. Unsurprisingly, the contestants are Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bonn, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, Lille, Malta, Milan, Porto, Sofia, Stockholm, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zagreb. The submission of the offers will be followed by the European Commission's assessment of the offers based on agreed criteria (e.g. providing appropriate offices that are near an airport or the existence of adequate education facilities for the children of agency staff), and in November 2017, the 27 member states will vote and decide where EMA will relocate in a voting process similar to the process used for the decision on the relocation of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL).
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