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The commission assessment – a decision-making aid for EMA's relocation?

6 October 2017

By Dr. Tanja Eisenblätter

Last week, a staff retention survey was published, according to which certain contestants in the race for hosting the EMA were less liked by the EMA staff. And now the decision-making progress is going forward.

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EMA relocation - A public health crisis ahead?

29 September 2017

By Dr. Tanja Eisenblätter

EMA employees are taking precautions to avoid relocating to cities they consider less attractive, according to the results of a recent staff retention survey.

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A Difficult Decision for EMA

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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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