European cities bid to host UK-based EU agencies

15 Aug 17

The European Council has received 27 proposals from member states to host key EU agencies currently based in the UK after Brexit.

According to the council, the bids relate to 23 cities and there have been 19 offers to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and eight for the European Banking Authority (EBA).

The EMA is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines in the EU, essential to the functioning of the single market for medicines in the EU.

The EBA works to ensure effective and consistent prudential regulation and supervision across the European banking sector assessing risks and vulnerabilities.

Both are currently based in London but need to be relocated as the UK is withdrawing from the bloc in March 2019. Any agreement on where they will go must be agreed by all 27 member states.

As a first step, the European Commission will publish an assessment of the offers by 30 September, to be followed a ministerial discussion. A final vote will take place in November.

The list of offers is as follows

European Medicines Agency

Cities and countries proposing to host the EMA:

  • Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Athens (Greece)
  • Barcelona (Spain)
  • Bonn (Germany)
  • Bratislava (Slovakia)
  • Brussels (Belgium)
  • Bucharest (Romania)
  • Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Dublin (Ireland)
  • Helsinki (Finland)
  • Lille (France)
  • Milan (Italy)
  • Porto (Portugal)
  • Sofia (Bulgaria)
  • Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Malta (Malta)
  • Vienna (Austria)
  • Warsaw (Poland)
  • Zagreb (Croatia)

European Banking Authority

Cities and countries proposing to host the EBA:  

  • Brussels (Belgium)
  • Dublin (Ireland)
  • Frankfurt (Germany)
  • Paris (France)
  • Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Luxembourg-City (Luxembourg)
  • Vienna (Austria)
  • Warsaw (Poland)

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