. European Medicine Agency’s New Location: Amsterdam

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European Medicine Agency’s New Location: Amsterdam

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will relocate to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. This decision was taken after the voting of EU 26 Member States. The Agency now has just over 16 months to prepare for the move and take up its operations in Amsterdam on 30 March 2019 at the latest.

Following Britain’s exit from EU, there was an ambiguity over EMA’s location in EU. Four cities were in a final round: Bratislava, Copenhagen, Milan and Amsterdam. The final draw led to a tie between Amsterdam and Milan (13 votes each - out of 26 Member States). So the decision of the new location was made by drawing lots. As a result, Amsterdam will be the new host of the agency.

Amsterdam offers excellent connectivity and a building that can be shaped according to EMA needs.

EMA official said in an interview that "Our internal surveys have shown that a large majority of EMA staff would be willing to move with the Agency to Amsterdam. However even in this case, our activities will be impacted and we need to plan for this now to avoid the creation of gaps in knowledge and expertise.”

The decision marks the official start of a challenging joint relocation project that will have to be delivered within extremely tight timelines whereby the relocation has to be completed by 30 March 2019.

Effective collaboration between EMA and the Netherlands on the basis of the commitments made in its offer to host EMA will play a pivotal role to ensure a successful move and the continuation of EMA’s operations with minimal disruption.

EMA is committed to giving stakeholders and the public full visibility of the relocation project. In early December, the Agency will make available a monitoring chart on its website that will allow tracking the relocation progress.

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