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23 Nov 2017

European Medicines Agency will move to Amsterdam

The EU 27 ministers decided earlier this week to relocate the European Medicines Agency  (EMA) to Amsterdam in The Netherlands. The selection took place in the margins of the General Affairs Council (Article 50), in accordance with the procedure endorsed by the EU 27 heads of State and Government on 22 June 2017. EMA is one of the two EU agencies currently based in the UK (the other being the European Banking Authority (EBA)). Both agencies need to be relocated in the context of Brexit. Amsterdam was chosen from a total of 19 applications from 19 EU Member States.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines in the EU. The EMA is essential for the functioning of the single market for medicines in the EU.

The Commission will now prepare legislative proposals reflecting today's vote for adoption under the ordinary legislative procedure with the involvement of the European Parliament. The Council and the Commission are committed to ensuring that these legislative proposals are processed as quickly as possible in view of the urgency of the matter.

For more information:

European Council - press release

Dutch offer for EMA

Additional documents to the Dutch offer for EMA

Website: The Netherland's bid for EMA


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