Three out of 19 member states that were candidates to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) after the Brexit withdrawal leaves 16 member states as candidates for Monday afternoon vote in Brussels.
As the General Affairs Council (GAC) came together this day in the Belgian capital to vote for the member state that will host the two agencies that will leave the UK as soon as Brexit becomes reality, Croatia, Ireland and Malta have pulled out of the race to host the EMA. However, Ireland did not withdraw the bid to host the European Banking Authority (EBA), so eight member states remain candidates.
During today’s meeting in Brussels, foreign affairs and EU affairs ministers will decide the two agencies’ new homes through a procedure that is expected to last between 1.5 and 2 hours for each agency, with a 30-minute break in between, as up to three rounds of votes are expected to take place.
Cities of Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bonn, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Lille, Milan, Porto, Sofia, Stockholm, Vienna, and Warsaw remain candidates to host EMA. Amsterdam, Bratislava, Brussels, Copenhagen, and Milan have received so far the best scores from EMA in October when the agency assessed the member states’ proposals on the lay-out, facilities and relocation time. The above cities proposals met most EMA requirements and therefore ensured that EMA would be operational on time.
The results are expected to be announced this afternoon, as a press conference is scheduled for 19:30 at the Justus Lipsius building of the European Council.