The relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) due to Brexit will take longer than expected. Nineteen countries offered to host EMA and especially the Netherlands are very interested to become EMA’s new home base. One of the reasons for this is the creation of many jobs resulting in several economic benefits.
The host country has to fulfill 6 criteria to be an appropriate candidate. The most important criterium is the ability for EMA to be functional immediately following Brexit. Also important are accessibility, international schools, jobs and care for partners and children, operational continuity and geographical distribution. By the end of September, EMA will publicly share its evaluation. The voting will take place in November and the final decision will be announced 20 November 2017.
Also Belgium applied, so that the best may win!