Dutch Defend Choice Of Amsterdam For EMA As Italy Tries To Shift Agency To Milan
The Italian government has asked the Court of Justice of the EU to annul the decision to site the European Medicines Agency in Amsterdam and wants to move the agency instead to Milan. But the Dutch government insists that the selection process was “fair” and that the need for temporary premises had been made clear all along.
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The Dutch government has insisted that the relocation of the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam will go smoothly and that the agency’s permanent headquarters will be ready on time, despite an argument over the costs of the new premises and a renewed drive by Italy to have the EMA located in Milan.
Members of the European Parliament are heading to the Netherlands to see whether the European Medicines Agency’s relocation process is going according to plan. The move follows Italian criticisms that the Dutch provided “incomplete” information about their readiness to host the agency.
The EMA is planning another survey to see how many of its staff are likely to follow it to Amsterdam, while the agency’s executive director says having to move into temporary premises while a permanent home is constructed is inconvenient but should allow core regulatory activities to be pursued.